S&T Power for the LGU’s


Engr. Sylvia T. Lacambra presented the DOST programs, projects and activities.

The Provincial Office of the Department of Science and Technology in Cagayan recently organized the Municipal Science and Technology Action Group (MSTAG) in the municipality of Piat, Cagayan.

The MSTAG serves as the local science and technology advisory body created through an Executive Order issued by the Municipal Mayor.  The organization is headed by the Mayor as Chairman and Co-Chaired by the DOST Provincial Director and Vice Mayor.  The other offices in the local government, other government agencies and non-government agencies in the community are made part of the MSTAG through endorsement from the office of the Mayor.

Following were initial S&T activities  that emanated:  conduct of a Food Safety Training for  food handlers and canteen operators; and the conduct of a SET-UP Forum and assessment of Biogas for slaughterhouse.

Other interventions include upgrading of muscavado, sugar cane and beef jerky processing as requested by Hon. Carmelo “Black” Villacete.

The partnership of DOST and LGU Piat thru MSTAG is one of the strategies of DOST to enhance adoption and commercialization of appropriate technologies in the countryside while giving independence and confidence to the LGU to manage its own science and technology requirements for development through guidance from DOST

Best Aldaw ti Baggao ever because of DOST’s S&T Caravan – Mayor Pattung

Baggao Mayor Leonardo C. Pattung with the DOST Cagayan team headed by Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog

Baggao Mayor Leonardo C. Pattung with the DOST Cagayan team headed by Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog



BAGGAO, Cagayan – “This year is the best celebration of ALDAW TI BAGGAO due to the conduct of DOST’s Science and Technology Caravan” says Dr. Leonardo C. Pattung, Municipal Mayor of Baggao, Cagayan.

Mayor Pattung thanked Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, Provincial Director of DOST Cagayan in bringing Science and technology interventions to this town.

Conducted on November 25, 2015, the Caravan was a series of technology fora, trainings and science film viewing made available to the Baggaoeños.

This was a collaborative effort of the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 02 thru its Provincial Science and Technology in Cagayan and with the Local Government Unit of Baggao thru its local S&T policy making body, the Municipal Science and Technology Action Group of Baggao (MSTAG-Baggao)

Science and Technology Caravans are conducted to areas that are remote and have difficult access to Science and Technology services. S&T Caravans promote new and appropriate DOST technologies and services in remote municipalities in coordination, preferably, with the Municipal Science and technology Action Group (MSTAG). S&T Caravans also showcase technologies/services developed by agencies of DOST and products of SETUP beneficiaries, present technologies/services that are applicable and of  interest to prospective adoptors and provide a venue for local government officials and personnel, researchers, investors, S&T enthusiasts, SMEs, teachers, students and other stakeholders in the municipality of Baggao to learn and exchange ideas on the current S&T developments and technological needs of the region and the municipality.


Tuao Mayor dares studes to make a change thru Science

Hon. Francisco N. Mamba Jr, Tuao Mayor(3L), joins DOST Asec Urdujah Tejada(2L), DepEd RO2 Director Lorna Dig-Dino (L), PFST Director May Pagsinohin (C), Tuao Vice Mayor Soriano(3R), DOST Cagayan Director Teresita Tabaog(2R) and 3rd District Board Member Christian Guzman(R) during the balloon pricking.
From left to right – Hon. Francisco N. Mamba Jr, Tuao Mayor(3L), joins DOST Asec Urdujah Tejada(2L),  Director Lorna Dig-Dino (L), PFST Director May Pagsinohin (C), Tuao Vice Mayor Soriano(3R), DOST Cagayan Director Teresita Tabaog(2R) and 3rd District Board Member Christian Guzman(R) during the balloon pricking.


Tuao’s Chief Executive Officer, Mayor Francisco N. Mamba Jr., challenged students to make a change thru Science during his speech recently in the Opening Ceremonies of the “Science Works!” Travelling Science Centrum at Cassily Lake Resort, Centro East (Naruangan), Tuao, Cagayan. To quote, “Ang hamon ko sa inyong lahat, kunin ninyo ang oportunidad na ito. Makinig kayo, matuto kayo, at subukan ninyong ranasan lahat ng eksibit upang magamit niyo ito para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan, at malay mo, baka pati sa ating mundo, may magagawa kang pagbabago”.

The Travelling Science Centrum has five travelling Exhibits dubbed with several titles namely, Science Adventures, Sci-Fun Caravan, Science on the Move, Science Works! And Science Sparks. Currently in Tuao is the “Science Works!” wherein 40 gizmos related to Chemistry, Mechanics, Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Lights, Mathematics and, Vision and Perception bring the excitement of science to its viewers.

To date, these five travelling exhibits brought the excitement of science to 170 towns and cities in the country and viewed by 3 M visitors.

LGU Tuao has been an active partner of the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 02 thru its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Cagayan manifested thru receptivity of the Local Chief Executive to allow DOST Cagayan to facilitate commercialization of various technologies in the area to help improve the lives not only of the people of Tuao but also its adjacent municipalities continuing its advocacy on inclusive growth.

Tri-region studes see, touch and feel Science

Toto gives a try to the Pedal Power and was amazed on how the bulb lighted.
Toto gives a try to the Pedal Power and was amazed on how the bulb lighted.


Going down the bus ride from their school, Toto, a grade schooler, followed his classmates in going thru a series of interactive exhibits that their teacher called it Science Centrum. Coming from a rural area, he was quite nervous with every step he takes because he did not know what was at stake with the instructions. It was a Science Centrum, yes, but little did he know that it will change the way he perceives what science is.

Toto went up to register with his classmates. First stop was the Pedal Power. He tried and observed what the machine could do and was completely amazed with what he saw. Toto was so curious that he wanted to know more of the exhibits showcased in the Science Centrum.

Dubbed as “Science Works”, the Travelling Science Centrum has set its foot in the municipality of Tuao, Cagayan and giving opportunity to 31,500 viewers in the tri-regional area see, touch and feel science. This was made possible thru the efforts of the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 02 (DOSTRO2), Local Government Unit of Tuao, Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) and in close coordination with the Presidential Legislative Liaison’s Office (PLLO) of the Office of the President.

The Travelling Science Centrum is composed of 40 Interactive Science exhibits on Chemistry, Mechanics, Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, Lights, Mathematics, and Vision and Perception.

As what Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, DOST Assistant Secretary and Program Leader for Countryside Development, said in her speech during the centrum’s Opening Ceremonies, the interactive exhibits in the centrum help students learn the ABCs of education: Analytical thinking, Brainstorming and Conceptualization.

This Travelling Science Centrum was made available to the public recently in Cassily Lake Resort, Centro East, Tuao, Cagayan.


DOST presses safety among food handlers


 Engr. Sancho Mabborang, OIC-regional director, magnifies the need for food safety awareness among food handlers
Engr. Sancho Mabborang, DOST OIC-Regional Director, magnifies the need for food safety awareness among food handlers

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 22 (PIA) – – Amid the prevalence of food poisoning in different parts of the country, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 2 is set to conduct food safety training to local food manufacturers, caterers and product developers.


Engr. Sancho Mabborang, OIC-regional director, said the provincial science and technology offices are encouraged to conduct the series of trainings to contain possible cases of food intoxications.


“We hear a lot of food poisoning issues nationwide. We can avoid this if we ensure enough training with food handlers and servers,” Mabborang said during the launching of a DOST assisted food product.


The right time and proper temperature in cooking foods as well as proper storage and safe  packaging practices should  to be followed to the letter ensure no toxic materials or chemicals  may be introduced.


Mabborang also urged other sectors and agencies concerned to conduct inspections to food stalls, canteens, restaurants and other food outlets to look if the food  available are safe and in proper perspectives.


“One wrong move may lead to mass casualties. That is why we have to capacitate our partners to avoid further poisoning, especially in public places and crowded areas,” Mabborang added.


This city has encountered two major food intoxication cases in the past few years which resulted in the death of two grade school pupils. (ALM/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

In Tuguegarao, All Rise for Brown Rice

Brown Rice Tarp


Concerned groups across Tugeugarao City conducted in May a seminar to draw brown rice – the healthier but sadly very unpopular type – closer to the people.

In an orientation and demo-cooking combo attended by barangay nutrition stakeholders and technology and livelihood (TLE) teachers, the science department’s regional and provincial offices joined forces with the city government and the Department of Education’s city division to create ripples among families in the area.

Tuggeugarao City councilors Maila Ting-Que, Aurora A. Ave and Perla C. Tumaliuan sponsored the activity; while Dr. James C. Guzman, chief of the city health office, assembled the barangay nutrition scholars and day care workers. Teachers in charge of TLE were invited by city division head Leonila Areola.

In a short program to begin the affair, welcome remarks were said by host Principal Richard M. bacud of Tuguegarao North Central School. Dr. Teresita A. tabaog, director of the Cagayan Provincial Science and Technology Center, gave opening remarks.


Trainings were held during Part 2 of the event. Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia, Food and Nutrition Researcg Institute (FNRI) supervising researcg specialist, talked about the health and business benefits of brown rice. Ms. Marietta M. Bumanglag, science research specialist for FNRI, introduced recipes starring the rice variety.

Each of the recipes were cooked live and then opened for ffree tasting.

During the gathering, Doctor GUzman declared support for brown rice, saying the city health office will especially highlight it in upcoming Nutrition Month.

While rice is a staple food for Filipinos – each Filipino consuming about 307 grams of it per day, according to the 2008 National Nutrition Survey – commercial white rice is a cultural preference, way over the more nutritive whole grain rice. (Angel Gorospe, PSTC Cagayan)

PHIVOLCS trains Cagayan DRRMOs tool for disaster preparedness






DOST participants follow instructions from the PHIVOLCS speaker during the workshop


Speakers, guests and participants during the opening program
Speakers, guests and participants during the opening program

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – To support the DRRMOs in their Disaster plans, a software system that simulates disasters like earthquakes and calculates damages to infrastructures were demonstrated to our Local Disaster Risk Reduction Officers (LDRRMOs) in Cagayan in the form of a 6-day training-workshop entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Local Development Planning Process Through the Provision and Training on the Use of REDAS Software”.

REDAS stands for Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System. The REDAS software developed by PHIVOLCS in 2002 is shared with local government units at no cost as a tool to initiate mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into the local development planning process under the READY Project. The main feature of REDAS is its capability to simulate earthquake hazard scenarios for any given earthquake. Aside from this, included in the REDAS training package are the built-in READY multi-hazard maps, risk data for individual province and capacity on how to build one’s database using maps like Google Earth images and using GPS.

A special session on how to mainstream hazard assessment into landuse planning is also included in the training package.  In this session, local planners are asked to display their multi-hazard maps using REDAS, then to evaluate their existing landuse and start thinking of possible solutions if needed. The proposed solutions are shared with their colleagues who also are stimulated into thinking of possible solutions not only for their respective municipalities but for the province as a whole.  The whole REDAS training module includes lectures, hands-on practices, field surveys, workshops and presentations. PHIVOLCS trainors and facilitators included Bartolome C. Bautista, the software developer as well as Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag,  Angelito G Lanuza, Janila Deocampo, Abigail Polintan, Myleen Enriquez, Dave A. Rivera, Ann delos Santos and Miguel Carreon. Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr, provided basic lectures about hazards. 60 participants joined the event. 47 REDAS licenses were issued amounting to a co-funding of 4.7M from PHIVOLCS.

This activity was held at Hotel Carmelita, Balzain, Tuguegarao City last December 7-12, 2014.


DOST, Tuao ink push for local bamboo industry












Dr. Tess A. Tabaog (left) explains the bamboo and metrology projects to members of MSTAG headed by Mayor  Francisco N. Mamba

Tuao, CagayanCitizens here will hopefully feel a little heavier in the pockets soon after the science department and a local group agreed to amp up bamboo production here on Sept. 25.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Municipal Science and Technology Action Group (MSTAG) inked a memorandum of agreement ensuring that the regional presence of the DOST will aid the sustained bamboo production in Tuao, through the Consultancy for Agricultural  Productivity Enhancement, which introduces farm management strategies for improved productivity.
The improved supply would eventually make various bamboo processing methods viable, ultimately adding value to bamboo products from this municipality.

In the meeting held at the municipal office’s conference hall, provincial director Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog informed the Tuao MSTAG headed by Mayor  Francisco N. Mamba that the DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute has bamboo processing technologies ready for application.

The deal is a step toward the Tri-Regional Agri-Industrial Hub, an effort to improve the economies of the Cordilleras, Ilocos and Cagayan Valley through improving their agricultural and industrial output, supported by the science department and Regional Director Urdujah A. Tejada. The vision also invests in infrastructure like the Ninoy Aquino Bridge in Barangay San Luis  to improve the road network.

The Hub will help the province’s Itawes region, encompassing the municipalities of Sto. Nino, Piat, Tuao, Amulung, Solana, Rizal and Alcala, areas left out by growth in economic hot spots like the Cagayan Special Economic Zone, Aparri and Tuguegarao City.









MOA signing for bamboo and metrology projects

The memorandum of agreement also signed up the municipal government for a string of metrology projects, including training on  mass calibration, the calibrating bucket, fuel dispensing pumps and truck scales, as Tabaog explained that honest weights will help Tuao prepare for the Hub.

The bamboo project will benefit select citizens to be chosen by the Movement for Self Reliant Tuao, while the metrology project will involve personnel at the Treasurer’s Office and interested parties.  (Cecille S. Calagui, DOST-PSTC-Cagayan)



Usec Yorobe visits CEST Cagayan, inspects products


 Gonzaga, Cagayan. Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, Undersecretary  for Regional Operations of DOST, visited the CEST project in Minanga, Cagayan on September 3, 2014.

The visit was done to monitor the implementation of the Community Empowerment for Science and Technology (CEST) projects in barangays Caroan and Minanga in Gonzaga town.

The DOST Undersecretary was joined by DOST officials from DOST 1 and DOST CAR who were interested to know how the CEST projects in Region 02, particularly in the province of Cagayan, was implemented.

Usec Yorobe was pleased to note the active linkages developed by DOST Cagayan for the project through its DOST Provincial Director, Dr. Tess A. Tabaog.

Dr. Tabaog as initiator of the project in Gonzaga town has established strong linkages with LGU Gonzaga, CSU Gonzaga and PhilMech.

CEST products produced by the beneficiaries include the following:  dried shrimps/dried alamang, dried fish, dried seaweeds, dried pineapple, spicy dilis, dried pineapple, sauted alamang and bagoong alamang.

Product development activities for various seaweed products are currently being explored by the beneficiaries as supervised by DOST.

Aside from visiting the CEST projects, Dr. Yorobe and her team also visited Rapada’s Fish Paste and Sauce, a Phase 2 SETUP beneficiary and the GONZAGA’s BEST Pasalubong Center .  (Romeo A. Puyat, DOST-PSTC, Cagayan)

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DOST’s ARG, Ceramic Pot Water Filter and STARBOOKS technologies showcased in Tuguegarao City’s AFI FESTIVAL


Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The Department of Science and Technology’s  recent  technologies on STARBOOKS, ceramic water filter and ARG were recently featured in Tuguegarao City’s AFI Festival at the Tuguegarao City’s grounds on August 8-16, 2014.

DOST was among the few government agencies invited to showcase its products and services. Some exhibitors were DOST-assisted MSMEs within the province while the rest come from nearby provinces.

STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academe Research Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station is an electronic library containing thousands of digitized information on science and technology in text, audio and print forms.

In Cagayan, STARBOOKS units are found at the DOST Cagayan Provincial Office and at the Tuguegarao City Science High School. This technology was developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) of DOST.

The Ceramic Pot Water Filter was developed by the  Industrial  Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of DOST aimed to provide low-cost  water filter to poor communities with problems on water potabability using nano technology.

Meanwhile, the Automated Rain Gauge (ARG) developed by DOST’s Advance Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is used to measure rainfall  and relays information real time via the internet.  Deployment of ARGs and water level sensors have been one of the major concerns of DOST for the past two years for disaster risk reduction and mitigation purposes.

The above technologies were featured together with our DOST-SETUP assisted products and services of DOST.  ( tisyang)