PhilAAST holds 2019 S&T Caravan in Cavite
By Myrrh Caithlin Gutierez
The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science snd Technology (PhilAAST) conducted this year’s first S&T Caravan at Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite on February 1, 2019.
The S&T Caravan paved way for the induction of new PhilAAST members. It was graced by the presence of Engr. Lydia Tansinsin, Dr. Teddy F. Tepora, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Director of Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Dr. Hernando D. Robles, President of Cavite State University, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Regional Director of Department of Science and Technology-CALABARZON, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and President of PhilAAST, Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Techology and Adviser of PhilAAST. Other members of PhilAAST were also present in the event.
Dr. Jaime C. Montoya oriented the new members on the activities of PhilAAST. He expressed his gratitude towards the new members and assured them that “[PhilAAST] will be able to do more with the participation of passionate people. Meanwhile, Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña presented the major programs of DOST.
After the morning program, the guests were toured by Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, Vice President for Research and Extension of CvSU, at CvSU’s Coffee Quality Processing Center, Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubator Production Area and Coffee Genebank, and SciCAT for the Convergence of Agriculture and Tourism (SciCAT) Site where CvSU showcased the aid of Science and Technology in the development of commercialized products.
In the afternoon, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, joined by Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, toured Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña and the guests at L.A. Machineries Corporation, Bacoor Mussel Depuration Facility, and Bacoor Food Processing Center, where they showcased Bacoor’s main product, mussels/tahong. The tour also paved way for the brainstorming for future projects and S&T interventions in Cavite.
Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, DOST officials, and PhilAAST officials pose with newly inducted PhilAAST members.
Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña and Dr. Alexander Madrigal, Regional Director of
DOST-CALABARZON tours the Dragon Fruit plantation of Silan AgriFarm.
Dr. Alexander Madrigal, Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON, and Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla tours Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña at the Bacoor Mussel Depuration Facility.