DOST-X strengthens Food Safety in NorMin

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May 14, 2019
Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Science and Technology-X trained the representatives from the Northern Mindanao Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board (FSRCB-X) to become Food Safety trainers on April 29-30, 2019.

One of the purposes of the activity is to form a pool of Food Safety trainers who can be tapped by the industries and MSMEs in the region by using a harmonized training manual.

The training manual included topics about Food Safety Hazards, Basic Food Hygiene, and current Good Manufacturing Practices.

It also aims to capacitate stakeholders in the use of science and risk-based analysis in compliance with food safety regulations, promote food safety awareness, and address food safety issues and concerns in Northern Mindanao.

The trained Food Safety trainers are expected to conduct series of Food Safety trainings that are lined up for MSMEs, hotels, restaurants, street vendors, and other food handlers.

The primary objective of the FSRCB-X is to promote and enhance collaboration between the various government agencies, the local government units (LGUs), and the private sector in addressing food safety concerns and issues in the region per RA 1061.

To know more about Food Safety trainings, contact DOST-X through landline at (088) 858-3931 or through Facebook at facebook.com/dostregion10/. (Julie Anne H. Baculio, DOST-X)

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Participants observed the microbial results from samples obtained from their personal belongings and surroundings.
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Fish Be With You gathers Batangas Fish Processor

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May 8,2019

In preparation for the Lenten Season, DOST Batangas held a three-day seminar workshop on fish processing entitled “FISH BE WITH YOU” in benefit of the fish processors in Batangas province in partnership with BatStateU’s Food Innovation Center (FIC), April 10-12.

Fish processing industry in the Batangas province has continuously developed over the years through innovation and technological advancement. Prominently known for sinaing na tulingan, tilapia, and various sardine products, Batangueños really take pride when it comes to fish processing.

Fish Be With You was a solution to the upgrading of Batangas processed fish products. This activity helped encourage fish processors to enhance further their manufacturing practices, upgrade their processed fish products, and comply with the food safety requirements. Students and faculty members from BatStateU also partook in the said activity showing a gesture of interest to learn and improve products processed in the FIC.
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A Forum on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) on Fish Processing was pursued on the first day of the activity. Ms. Ma. Lorelie Dorado, Science Research Specialist II of DOST CALABARZON, facilitated the discussion on GMP. The discussion prompted the participants to share and raise their concerns regarding technical problems experienced during food preparation and product handling.

Ms. Natividad Efondo, Chief-Fish Inspection Unit of BFAR IV-A, facilitated the discussion on HACCP and regulations in fish processing. The discussion provided the participants with the step by step procedures of the regulatory requirements needed to comply with HACCP standards. Moreover, market advantage of fish manufacturing firms with HACCP Certification was also detailed out by Ms. Efondo.

Meanwhile, fish processing training pursued on the second day of the activity. Dr. Ma. Josie Sumague of UPLB’s Institute of Food Science and Technology facilitated the said training which comprised the processing of five fish products such as sardines, bagoong, fishball, smoked and marinated milkfish.
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The last day of the activity was allocated for the project visit. DOST Batangas Team together with Dr. Sumague visited the processing facility of FilEntreps Multipurpose Cooperative in Lipa, Batangas, a GIA-CBP beneficiary of DOST, to provide them inputs in upgrading their fish processing business. The cooperative produces skipjack tuna or sinaing na tulingan and continuously market their products within Batangas province. Observation on each process from raw material preparation to packaging and labelling was done in order to specify problems and upgrade the quality of their fish products.
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Region X Junior Health Researchers: Producing Quality Researches for the People

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April 30, 2019
Twenty-five (25) junior researchers from different member-institutions of the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) attended the Training on Basic Research Methods on April 10-12, 2019 at N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

The training focused on enhancing the capacities of the young researchers in health research proposal preparation. A total of eleven (11) health research problems were identified and presented before the plenary and critiqued by the trainers during the three-day workshop. Among the research problems identified were prevalence of heterophyiasis, resilience in post-war, relapse after rehabilitation, breastfeeding practices, care of dementia patients, suicidal ideation, portable database for health information collection, mobile application for diabetic individuals’ data and information technology (IT) wearables.

Participants of the training were from Bukidnon State University (BukSU), Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA (COC-PHINMA), Capitol University (CU), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Iligan Medical Center College (IMCC), Liceo de Cagayan University (LDCU), Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Xavier University (XU) and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).

The trainers were the consortium’s very own officers/members, Dr. Peter R. Orbase of CMU, Dr. Ester L. Raagas of XU and Dr. Fidela B. Ansale of CU. They have been trained and completed the PCHRD-initiated Basic Research Methods Training of Trainers on December 11-13, 2018 at Davao City and the Research Proposal Critiquing Workshop on March 14, 2019 at Manila Manor Hotel, Manila.
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SEARCA redefines value chain ‘inclusivity’ for regional agricultural and rural economy

May 2,2019
To continually promote inclusivity and sustainability in the agricultural value chain development, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offered its Value Chain Development Course for the second time last April 22-26.

Research and development professionals and practitioners representing the academe and government in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, participated in the course.

In its second offering, the course looked through the agricultural value chain lens to analyze and design interventions to promote value addition for various players, especially the marginalized actors in the process, but this time integrating the gender element.

The course covered the fundamental frameworks, principles, components and processes of the value chain system, and their practical skills and application.

A more well-balanced facet of inclusivity was introduced through a session on gender mainstreaming in agricultural value chains and integrating gender in workshop discussions and outputs throughout the course.

SEARCA Governing Board Chair Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., currently the University of the Philippines Los Baños Chancellor, shared that the vitality of capitalizing on social inclusion has been the core of SEARCA’s campaign for inclusive and sustainable rural development (ISARD) in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 8: “Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all.”

“The challenge therefore is for various institutions and stakeholders, especially smallholder farmers and small-scale rural entrepreneurs, to step up to the plate and maximize the benefits of borderless trade,” Sanchez said.

UPLB College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) professors served as resource persons and training facilitators of the training-workshop.

At the outset of the course, UPLB CPAf professor Wilfredo Carada stressed the imperative of developing an inclusive value chain to steer increased vibrancy and productivity for the overall improvement of the agriculture and rural sector in ASEAN countries.

He explained that inclusivity means bringing positive and desirable change in the activities in the agricultural value chain, wherein advanced competency and productivity would also create an enabling environment for marginalized smallholder farmers and fisherfolks, and increase their integration and opportunities to secure a fair share in the value chain process.

In the same vein, NEXUS Agribusiness Solutions Managing Director Nerlita M. Manalili, one of the course lecturers, pointed out that greater capacities for the farmers should always be accompanied with increased market access and opportunities for sustainable growth and food security down to the household level.

Dr. Manalili also enthused the participants to fully understand the value chain context, wherein she highlighted the need to add “value” on product transformation across the stages and processes of the value chain.

She noted, however, that challenges brought about by the changing mix and dynamism of existing market players, commodities should be addressed by ASEAN countries towards efficiency-driven market integration in the current globalization of agricultural production.

The course participants identified gaps and designed interventions on how inclusivity could be integrated, considering the current socioeconomic dynamism, production technologies, and government and market structures in both national and regional context across Southeast Asia.

Value chain analyses and interventions for cinnamon, rice, mango, high-value crops, and white potato were developed by participants organized into one group per commodity. Each intervention design included a sector situationer, value chain analysis and mapping, value chain development strategy, organizational and institutional arrangements for value chain development, and a monitoring and evaluation plan.
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Eminent rice scientist and academician appointed new SEARCA Director

May 2, 2019

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Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio has been appointed as new Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), an inter-government treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), for a three-year term and he assumed office on 1 May 2019.

Dr. Gregorio is the eleventh to hold the top SEARCA post since its establishment in November 1966 by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).

Dr. Gregorio is also an Academician at the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the Philippines and is currently a professor at the Institute of Crop Science of the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science.

A distinguished rice scientist, Dr. Gregorio served the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for almost 30 years, including a five-year stint as IRRI’s rice breeder in Africa based at Africa Rice Centre station at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria from 2004 to 2009.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gregorio has bred more than 15 rice varieties, most of which are salt-tolerant varieties that have greatly helped farmers in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and the Philippines. He also led efforts to develop micronutrient-dense rice varieties to address anemia and malnutrition in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

But rice breeding is not Dr. Gregorio’s only forte. Prior to his appointment as SEARCA Director, he also served as Crop Breeding Manager for Corn at the East-West Seed Company, Inc. from 2015 to 2018 where he was the global lead of the sweet corn and waxy corn breeding programs for South and Southeast Asia, the Latin Americas, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Gregorio has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Young Scientist Award (OYS 2004) and Outstanding Publication Award given by NAST; The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM 2004) in the field of Agriculture-Plant Breeding and Genetics; the Ho Chi Minh Medal Award for great contribution to the cause of agriculture and rural development in Vietnam; Ten Outstanding Youth Scientists (TOYS 1981) of the Philippines given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines; Honorary Scientist, Rural Development Administration (RDA), Korea; and other awards for his outstanding research and research management achievements.

He has authored and co-authored at least 90 articles published in various scientific journals, chapters on rice breeding in 14 books, and five scientific manuals and bulletins. He mentored and supervised 20 PhD and 27 MS graduate students and more than 40 BS students in plant breeding and genetics at UPLB and other universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America; and he continues to hone scientists and future scientists as a mentor and teacher.

Dr. Gregorio obtained his PhD in Genetics, MS in Plant Breeding, and BS in Agriculture at UPLB.
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DOST highlights sustainable development at Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting

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May 2,2019
For its third year, the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (Luzon RSM) was attended by over 300 scientists, academicians, researchers, and private and public stakeholders held at Don Leopoldo Convention Center in Alaminos, Pangasinan last April 24-25.

With a theme of “Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity”, the two-day convention was filled with topics and discussions focusing on three United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely: Goal 4 – Quality Education, Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, and Goal 14 – Life below Water.

Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste welcomed the participants while DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña was represented by DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano to deliver his message.

The scientific meeting was divided into four plenary sessions where experts from government, academe, and private sector gave a talk and discussed essentially about plastic waste, sustainable marine food security, sustainable education, talent development, and retention, and updates from the National Academy of Science and Technology – Philippines (NAST PHL).

More than 20 entries from higher education institutes (HEIs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) joined in the scientific poster session. The team of Mr. Elfritszon Peralta from the University of Santo Tomas won the Best Scientific Poster for their study entitled “Life below water in the Anthropocene: Using ecological and isotopic approaches to trace human impacts in Laguna de Bay and its watersheds”.

Resolutions and policy recommendations were drafted and presented to be lobbied for possible legislation that will hopefully address the problems related to the SDGs.

This event was led by NAST PHL and co-organized by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Luzon Cluster (NCR, CAR, Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, and V) with DOST 1 as this year’s host. Regional scientific meetings are conducted in preparation for this year’s NAST 40th Annual Scientific Meeting.
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Media Advisory_DOST-PCHRD holds media conference on Diagnostics Program

May 3,2019
The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) will be holding a Talakayang HeaRT Beat (Health Research and Technology) media and press conference which will highlight the accomplishment of the Council’s Diagnostic Program specifically on HIV.

WHEN: May 21, 2019, 11 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: Autumn Function Room, Luxent Hotel, Timog Ave., Quezon City

PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya will lead the discussion along with other project leaders in the Diagnostics Program.

Attached is the press conference details along with the program.

2019 Edition Asian Scientist 100 lists DOST-ITDI’s Torres, Paglicawan

May 6,2019
In an early March 2019 article of the Asian Scientist Magazine, it announced that 2019 has a new list of 100 scientists who are outstanding in their fields.

Dr. Juliana Chan, founder and editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum herself, announced the names that qualified for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of the Asian Scientist 100. Asian Scientist 100 listed its first 100 scientists in 2016.

Gathered from diverse disciplines that covered from materials science to molecular biology and particle physics, the list named representatives from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

These include 17 in Life Sciences, 15 in Biomedical Science, 12 in Engineering, 12 in Materials Science, 9 in Leadership, 8 in Chemistry, 8 in Environmental Sciences and Geology, 7 in Agriculture, 7 in Mathematics, and 5 in Physics.

At DOST, Drs. Rosalinda C. Torres and Marissa A. Paglicawan, both of the Industrial; Technology Development Institute, are joined by six others from the Philippines.
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Torres, who is Scientist I and Chief of the Standards and Testing Division, qualified under Chemistry for her research on the larvicidal ability of Philippine medicinal plants. Paglicawan, also Scientist I and Head of the Advanced Materials Section at the Materials Science Division, qualified under Materials Science for her research on turning Manila hemp or abaca into an engineering material.

Japanese researchers dominate both disciplines.

Others from the Philippines are Artemio Salazar of the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños for Agriculture; Rody Sy of UP Manila for Biomedical Science; Ricardo Balog of the University of Sto. Tomas and Elmer Dadios of De La Salle University for Engineering; Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman for Environmental Sciences and Geology; and Charissa Marcaida Ferrera of UP Diliman for Life Sciences.

These “100 outstanding thinkers and innovators from Asia who are pushing the envelope with their research” are making Asia the striking center of radical research and development efforts.

The Asia Scientist Magazine reports that this is so because Asia currently supplies the world a quarter of its publications written by Asians now numbering a third of all scientific researchers worldwide. It added that the 2010 U.S. National Science Foundation Key Science and Engineering Indicators reported that these represented a shift in the world’s scientific research center of gravity to Asia.

Furthermore, it cited the Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 released by the US National Science Board, which recorded that, the largest global science and technology gains in recent years occurred in “Asia-10″ which consists of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

In comparison, US’ share in global R&D efforts between 1999 and 2009 dropped from 38 to 31 percent; Asia’s share grew from 24 to 35 percent during that period.

Eminent rice scientist and academician appointed new SEARCA director

May 2, 2019

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Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio has been appointed as new Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), an inter-government treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), for a three-year term and he assumed office on 1 May 2019.

Dr. Gregorio is the eleventh to hold the top SEARCA post since its establishment in November 1966 by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).

Dr. Gregorio is also an Academician at the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the Philippines and is currently a professor at the Institute of Crop Science of the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science.

A distinguished rice scientist, Dr. Gregorio served the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for almost 30 years, including a five-year stint as IRRI’s rice breeder in Africa based at Africa Rice Centre station at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria from 2004 to 2009.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gregorio has bred more than 15 rice varieties, most of which are salt-tolerant varieties that have greatly helped farmers in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and the Philippines. He also led efforts to develop micronutrient-dense rice varieties to address anemia and malnutrition in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

But rice breeding is not Dr. Gregorio’s only forte. Prior to his appointment as SEARCA Director, he also served as Crop Breeding Manager for Corn at the East-West Seed Company, Inc. from 2015 to 2018 where he was the global lead of the sweet corn and waxy corn breeding programs for South and Southeast Asia, the Latin Americas, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Gregorio has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Young Scientist Award (OYS 2004) and Outstanding Publication Award given by NAST; The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM 2004) in the field of Agriculture-Plant Breeding and Genetics; the Ho Chi Minh Medal Award for great contribution to the cause of agriculture and rural development in Vietnam; Ten Outstanding Youth Scientists (TOYS 1981) of the Philippines given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines; Honorary Scientist, Rural Development Administration (RDA), Korea; and other awards for his outstanding research and research management achievements.

He has authored and co-authored at least 90 articles published in various scientific journals, chapters on rice breeding in 14 books, and five scientific manuals and bulletins. He mentored and supervised 20 PhD and 27 MS graduate students and more than 40 BS students in plant breeding and genetics at UPLB and other universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America; and he continues to hone scientists and future scientists as a mentor and teacher.

Dr. Gregorio obtained his PhD in Genetics, MS in Plant Breeding, and BS in Agriculture at UPLB.
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Marawi IDPs get livelihood intervention from DOST

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April. 24, 2019

Three technologies from the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) were handed over to the Maranao People Development Center, Inc. (MARADECA, Inc.) for the livelihood and development of the Marawi siege victims on April 10-11, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol, Marawi City.

One of the technologies was the Essential Oil Extractor which extracts essential oils from Citronella Grass and other plant materials that are abundant in Marawi City.

Essential oils are the aroma-giving constituents of aromatic plants. These oils are water-insoluble organic liquids or solids.

The second was the Charcoal Briquetting Equipment which was made up of ITDI Modified Drum Carbonizer, Crusher, Mixer, and Manual Briquettor.

Briquetting is a process of molding or compacting materials such as charcoal fines of biomass or coal, with or without binder under pressure.

The other technology was the Tea Bag Processing Equipment. The participants were trained on herbal processing from the collection of plant materials to Herbal Tea and Herbal Capsule production.

The Marawi IDPs were able to processed Moringa Herbal Tea and Turmeric Herbal Tea out of the collected Moringa and Turmeric plant materials.

The three equipment are now available anytime for the use and livelihood of the Marawi IDPs.

Aside from the turned-over equipment, DOST-ITDI also trained the Maranaos on Personal and Home Care products wherein the participants were able to produce Dishwashing Liquid, Hand Wash, and different kinds of soap.

The conduct of the activity was in collaboration with DOST, DOST-ITDI, Task Force Bangon Marawi, NDRRMC, The Ethne Essence Project, LGU-Marawi, and the Province of Lanao del Sur.

Together, they expected an impact of improved living quality of Maranaos through sustainable livelihood programs using their natural resources.
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