KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 16 (PIA) -- Grade 6 pupils who are interests to join the prestigious Philippine Science High School (PSHS) may now file their application documents.

The Department of Science and Technology in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (DOST XII) announced Tuesday that PSHS is now accepting student applicants for school year 2016-2017.

PSHS, which operates as an attached agency of the DOST, is a specialized public high school system that focuses on high quality science-based education and training, that continuously contribute to nation-building by creating a critical mass of scientists and engineers.

The Department of Science and Technology-Region 12 (DOST-12) is all set to celebrate the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) next month in General Santos City.

Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, DOST-12 regional director, said the event aims to raise public awareness and understanding of science and technology as well as DOST’s role and contribution to national development.

This year’s NSTW theme is”Nasa Syensya ang Pag-asa,” with the opening program set on July 25 at the Phela Grande Convention Center.

Halal promotion will be among the highlights of the week-long exhibit.

“We will be launching the DOST-12 Halal Certification System and unveil our halal seal of quality,” Laidan said.

The event will also showcase the products and services that have received assistance from DOST-12.

Entries to the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibition (RICE) will also be featured during the event. The winners will represent the region in the National Invention Contest and Exhibition (NICE) next year.

The RICE which will open on July 25, has six categories namely: Invention Category (Tuklas Award), Utility Model Category, Industrial Design Category, Creative Research Category (Likha Award), and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for high school and college level.

Exhibits and discussions on the six priority sectors of DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) will likewise be given focus during the NSTW regional event.

SETUP, which aims to encourage entrepreneurship, has assisted micro, small and medium enterprises across the region, Laidan said.

Until the month of July, there will be continuing seminars for the SETUP in which focus sectors include food processing, horticulture, aquaculture, furniture, metals and engineering, Information and Communication Technology, and halal.

Experts from the fields of science and technology from DOST in Manila and the private sector have been invited as resource persons.

Expected to also grace the event are stakeholders from the local government units, non-government organizations, regional government line agencies, academe and the business sector.

Laidan said they are hopeful that the celebration will pave the way for a stronger collaboration between the public and private sectors for the further development of science and technology in the country. (Babai Tagitican/DOST-12)

KORONADAL CITY, Hunyo 23 (PIA) -– Bibigyan ng kahalagahan ang industriya ng Halal sa pagdiriwang ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST 12) ng National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) na nakatakda sa Hulyo 25 hanggang 28 sa General Santos City.

Ayon kay DOST 12 Regional Director Dr. Zenaida Laidan, sa NSTW ilulunsad ng tanggapan ang DOST 12 Halal Certification System at ipepresenta ang “halal seal of quality.”

Paliwanag pa ng director, malaki ang merkado ng ‘global halal market’ na umaabot sa US$1.2 trillion ang halaga.

Dahil dito, patuloy nilang isusulong ang pagkakaroon ng halal industry sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng mga paghikayat ng mga mamumuhunan kahit pa ang mga micro, small at medium enterprises na pumasok sa produksyon ng halal consumer products at serbisyo.

Handa naman ang DOST 12 na tumulong sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng laboratory analysis at certification upang masigurong makapasok ang produkto sa ibang bansa.

Ipapakita din sa National Science Technology Week ang mga produkto at serbisyong nabigyan ng tulong ng DOST.

Magkaroon din ng exhibits at forums hinggil sa anim na ‘priority sectors’ ng Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) ng DOST. Kabilang sa mga sektor ang sumusunod: food processing, horticulture, aquaculture, furniture, metals and engineering, information and communication technology, at halal.

Sa mga forums na ito, ilang eksperto mula sa DOST Central Office at pribadong sector ang magbibigay ng kanilang mga kaalaman at payo.

Idi-display rin ang mga imbensyon ng mga kalahok sa Regional Invention Contest and Exhibition (RICE).

Ang tema ng NSTW ay “Nasa Syensya ang Pag-asa.” (DE Doguiles/PIA 12)

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The local government unit of Makilala in North Cotabato has sought the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology Region 12 (DOST-12) to address its growing solid waste problem in line with the requirements of Republic Act 9003 or the Eco-Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

  Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan, DOST-12 regional director, and Makilala Mayor Rudy A. Caoagdan forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) titled “Technology Transfer on Organic Fertilizer Production Using the Bioreactor Technology” last June 21 to address the LGU’s waste problems.

 A pioneering initiative of the DOST-12 and an LGU in the region, it seeks to showcase a sound and solid waste management system to concretely provide a permanent solution to the mounting garbage problems of the locality.

Caoagdan said they sought the help of DOST-12 after receiving a third and final warning from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to comply with RA 9003.

 He noted the LGU is having trouble in the disposal of the solid wastes of the constituents, despite intensive public awareness campaign regarding waste segregation at the household level since last year.

 The local government also opened a new dumpsite in Barangay Leboce as a solution to the growing problem on waste disposal of the community, but this did not fully address the matter.

 Caoagdan said there is a need for a more permanent solution, one that will reduce residual wastes and at the same time provide employment opportunities to his constituents through the creation of alternative livelihood sources.

He then requested the technical assistance of DOST-12 for the design and construction of a facility that will recycle the wastes generated by its residents into organic fertilizers.

 Laidan acted on the LGU’s request and tapped the services of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), a research institute of the DOST for the provision of technical assistance that will support the municipality’s quest for a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program in line with RA 9003.

 DOST XII assisted the LGU in the preparation of a project proposal that will help support the acquisition of a bioreactor for the recycling of biodegradables, which is estimated to be 65% of the total wastes generated by the municipality or approximately four tons daily.   

The bioreactor is the first of the series of technologies that the municipality can avail in its partnership with DOST-12.   

Recycling of non-biodegradable wastes like plastics, glass and others using the ITDI-DOST technology has also been programmed by DOST-12 for Makilala once the bioreactor is in place.

 Last year, the DOST-12 conducted an awareness seminar among the town’s barangay officials regarding proper waste segregation and recycling.  (Normina Pahm/DOST-12)