DOST recognizes entrepreneurs, scholars

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


AS THE country celebrates the National Science and Technology week, the Department of Science and Technology in the region (DOST) recognizes entrepreneurs and the scholars who graduated with the highest academic awards during its opening ceremonies on Tuesday.

With this year’s theme, "Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges," DOST awarded entrepreneurs – micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who successfully utilized the technology interventions and have shown impressive productivity improvements and market performances.

Alfonso Alamban, DOST-10 regional director, underscored the development in the region with the SMEs technology upgrading program (Setup), where 58 new enterprises and institutions in the DOST identified priority sectors that benefited from the program and grants-in-aid programs and subsequently created 3,267 jobs.

Assisting SMEs

“With manpower now attuned to science and technology, it will not be far that we will have a critical mass of innovative entrepreneurs who are adequate jobs providers. Agriculture is nourished through more environment friendly inputs, and infestations are eradicated. They are protected through timely warning of impending hazards and risks from natural calamities,” Alamban said.

At the same time DOST provided 273 technological interventions to 97 existing firms and 15 start-up firms in the region resulting to the generation of accumulated gross sales of P222.7 million.

Setup is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting SMEs to adopt technology innovation to improve their operation and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Setup has ten priority sectors: food processing; furniture, gifts, decors and handbags; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture; metals and engineering (localized manufacture of processing equipment); information and communication technology/electronics; health products and services/pharmaceuticals; packaging; and renewable energy.

“Small enterprises are the regions’ engine of growth. Science and technology help them raise their level of productivity. Science can provide them innovative, cost-effective and appropriate technologies that enable MSMEs to develop and produce competitive products that meet world-class standards. Local Industries can also obtain State-of-the-art facilities and capabilities that enable them to move up the value chain and attain global competitiveness,” Alamban said.

Laboratories

The DOST now has three laboratories with internationally recognized accreditations for its chemical testing, microbiological testing and accelerated shelf-life evaluation.

The intensified and regional-wide campaign conducted by the DOST increased the number of examinees to the science scholarships by almost 50 percent from 1,459 to 2,156 students from 2012 to 2013.

Northern Mindanao has now the capability to forecast weather conditions as there are already 34 Automatic Rain Gauge and Water Level Monitoring Sensors used to provide data to Project NOAH were installed in strategic locations in vulnerable communities.

There are 28 successful scholars who graduated - cum laude, summa cum laude and magna cum laude - in the various science related courses. There are eight from Xavier University, 13 from the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Iligan, four from MSU- Marawi and two from Central Mindanao University, who are now taking the board exams of various science courses.

DOST also recognized the achievements of the young with the Youth Excellence in Science where six students had been awarded with medals of excellence in math coming from the Oro Christian Grace School, Philippine Science High School, Tambo Central School and Kong Hua School.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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