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The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in SOCCSKASARGEN has given out PhP47.6 million worth of innovation support this year, benefiting some 29 micro, small and medium enterprises.

Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan, DOST 12 regional director said these assistance were given to MSMEs through the agency’s flagship Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), which enables beneficiaries to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technological interventions to improve production and product quality.

The Department of Science and Technology XII (DOST XII ) thru the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), invites eligible proponents to submit commercially-viable and locally-developed R&D project proposals for CY 2017  for possible funding under  the  DOST’s Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) Program. 

NINETY-SEVEN (97)   graduating   elementary  pupils   from  SOCCSKSARGEN Region have  qualified  to  enroll  at  prestigious   Philippine  Science  High School of   the Department of Science and Technology  (DOST-PSHS).

Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan,  regional  director  of DOST  12 said these  students   were among those  who took  the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE) on October 22, 2016 and are  expected to  enroll  as   high school  freshmen (Grade 7 in the K-12  educational  system)  in   June.

Sixty-nine (69 ) third  year college students in SOCCSKSARGEN Region passed  the  2017 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program  which was simultaneously conducted nationwide last October 16, 2016.

Specifically, nineteen (19) passers were from General Santos City; seventeen (17) from South Cotabato; eleven  (11) from the province of North Cotabato; six (6)  from Sultan Kudarat; five (5) from Sarangani and  Koronadal City; three(3)  from Cotabato City  and Kidapawan City.

Fifty (50) of them passed the RA-10612; Ten (10) are Merit qualifiers; and six (6) passed the RA 7687.


Dr. Laidan speaks on Bridging Gaps on Halal Testing at the Halal Industry Food Conference organized by OIC-SMIIC during the World Halal Summit Istanbul 2016 on December 15-17, 2016 at the Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition, Turkey. 

DOST XII Exec graces WHS Istanbul 2016;
talks Bridging Gaps on Halal Testing

Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XII graced the Halal Food Industry Conference which was organized by the Organization for Islamic Countries (OIC) - Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) during the World Halal Summit (WHS) Istanbul 2016 on December 15-17, 2016 at the Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition, Turkey.

Dr. Laidan during her speech emphasized that Halal testing is an integral part in the assurance of quality for the development of the halal industry. She also enumerated possible solutions to the major gaps in the Halal Industry such that Certifying Bodies (CBs) should adhere to adopting the testing standards using scientific method to determine the authenticity of the products that they are certifying. “Certifiers must always dovetail with a reliable Halal Laboratory testing that is manned by Muslims to ensure integrity of test results”, she said.

BRM 2016


Department of Science and Technology Region 12 (DOST XII), in collaboration with DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and Department of Health Region XII through the Health Research and Development Consortium – XII will be conducting a three-day Training-Workshop on Basic Research Methods. This undertaking is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of health-researchers and R&D workers in proposal development. With a number of confirmed participants from the member agencies and institutions of HRDC XII, the training-workshop will be held at East Asia Royal Hotel, General Santos City on 26-28 September 2016.

For more information, please contact (064) 421-2711 and (064) 421-6908.

Nstw 2016


On behalf of DOST XII, I would like to once again, extend sincere appreciation from among each and every 2,104 attendees/ participants to the 2016 NSTW (National Science and Technology Week) – Region XII Celebration staged last July 25-26 at the SM GenSan Atrium and Cinema 1, General Santos City.

In conjunction with several activities conducted, the showcase of DOST Programs and Projects to the Community had truly been a success. Scores of spectators have signified interest and straight away confirmed to avail of our S&T services. DOST XII is truly pleased to be of assistance in your S&T needs and grateful for the trust you have bestowed us – in making local technology work for the society’s betterment.

Thank you so much S&T Partners from the Industry/ Private Sector, the Government, the Academe/ Educational Institutions, and the Civil Society. Your personal presence during the event largely manifests receptiveness and substantial inclination of South Central Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Science, Technology and Innovation. Together, we can continuously make a difference. Maraming salamat po.


 Regional Director, DOST XII

NOTE:   As per record 2,104 is the total number of attendees/ participants at the 2016 NSTW Celebration in Region XII / SOCCSKSARGEN.

COTABATO CITY - The Department of Science and Technology, regional office XII (DOST XII), is pleased to invite everyone on the simultaneous celebration of this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 25-26, 2016 at SM GenSan. Dubbed as “Juan Science, One Nation”, the event is another promising opportunity of bringing color and zest to the advancing technologies and trends in science and significantly highlight the role of public and private sectors in boosting the country’s competitiveness in the global scene.  The celebration embodies the relentless efforts of the government in making sure that the presence of S&T is highly perceived by every Filipinos.

The opening program will be staged on the 25th of July involving different DOST regional offices and four major science hubs in Bicutan, Taguig City, Quezon City, Manila, and Los Baños, Laguna thru a video-conference.

Succeeding events will be held, for the first time, in a cinema to bring participants to another level of experience and learning of the DOST’s Programs and Projects for country-side development, including technology upgrading for Micro-Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSMEs); innovations for advancing community healthcare; early warning systems for disaster risk reduction and management; S&T undertakings for Halal industry development; and roll-out for massive adoption of the 1st Philippine Digital Science Library, among others.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-12) is pleased to announce that the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) of DOST is now accepting applicants from incoming high school freshmen for school year 2017 to 2018.

Only those who belong to the top 10 percent of the graduating class are qualified to take the competitive examination of the PSHS science and technology scholarship.

DOST-12 regional director Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof-Laidan reminded that PSHS applicants will be screened only once through a scholastic aptitude test known as the national competitive examination (NCE) that would determine who will qualify as student of PSHS.

The NCE is designed to measure scientific ability, quantitative ability, abstract reasoning, and verbal aptitude to be held on October 22, 2016.


8th Asian Heads of Research Councils (ASIAHORCs) Joint Symposium

22-23 September 2016 in Manila

Theme: “Impact of Changing Regional Environment to Global Health”


  • Health Resilience to Climate Change
  • Health in Disaster Risk Management
  • Vector Borne Diseases and Climate Change
  • Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications on Human Health
  • Promoting Health while Mitigating Climate Change

The call is open to young researches whose major field is health sciences preferably graduate students, PhD degree holders, or post doctoral fellows who are under 35 years of age as of 22 September 2016.

Requirements for application:

  • Endorsement Letter from the head of agency
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Copy of Transcript of Records
  • Abstract of Presentation Paper

Deadline for submission: July 25, 2016

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