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Transmittal Letter from DOST-X i Letter from NEDA-X ii

DOST-X Development Accomplishment Report for 2013 Introduction 1 Accomplishment Highlights 1

On enhancing critical mass of STI human resource in terms of quantity and quality 3

Undergraduate Scholarships 4

Graduate Scholarships 5

Research Consortia 5

STARBOOKS and other S & T Information Projects 6

STI Human Resource Development Training 6

On increasing productivity and enhancing competitiveness of regional products 7


Testing and Calibration Services 10

Packaging and Labeling 11

Food Innovation Center 12

Consultancy 12

Technology and Inventors Fora 13

On reducing risks to disasters due to natural hazards and enhancing resiliency of the region against negative impacts of climate change


Project NOAH 14

Early Warning Systems 15

On improving socio-economic conditions of the vulnerable and other marginalized groups 17

Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap 17

Complementary Food 17

Clay Water Filter 18

Facilitating and Hindering Factors 19

Recent Developments 19 Development Prospects of STI 20

1 DOST-X 2013 Development Accomplishment Report

Hon. Oscar Moreno – City Mayor giving his talk during

the National Science and Technology Week- Regional

Celebration Opening Ceremonies here in Cagayan de

Oro City in July 16, 2013.


The science, technology and

innovation (STI) sector took a leap

forward with the unfolding of strategies to

harness science-based innovations for

Smarter Philippines during the

ExpoScience 2013. The Department of

Science and Technology (DOST)

celebrated the National Science and

Technology Week in July 23-27, 2013

with the theme, “Science, Technology

and Innovation: The Road to Smarter

Philippines.” Smarter Philippines is

DOST’s umbrella program that uses

information technology to develop or

innovate products or processes for the

pressing needs of various sectors like agriculture, transportation, industry, services and

climate change. Components of the program include Smarter Government, Smarter

Economy, Smarter Mobility, Smarter Environment, Smarter Living, Smarter People and

Smarter Cities. These projects were also diffused in the regional level in July 16, 2013 and a

number of projects particularly in Smarter Government and Smarter Industries had been

implemented in Region-X.


1. Assessment of accomplishments against the corresponding targets

stipulated in the “Updated RDP 2011-2016 Results Matrix (Midterm

Update 2013-2016)”, and sector plans

2. Highlights of the accomplishments in the priority programs, projects,

activities and initiatives/innovations indicated in the “Updated Regional

Development and Investment Program (RDIP) 2011-2016 (Midterm

Update 2013-2016)” (including those undertaken through Public-Private

Partnership and those in support to the Millennium Development Goals

and other sectoral commitments)

To achieve good governance and transparency, Smarter Government provides an ICT-

based transformation of governance and the delivery of government services and

information. DOST-X implemented two (2) significant projects. One is the eBusiness

Permitting and Licensing System (eBPLS) project with the City of Cagayan de Oro in

cooperation with the USAID. This project has a general objectives of: 1) to achieve

maximum ease and convenience of doing business through automation of the City’s

Business Permitting and Licensing System and providing additional locations for business

registration; 2) to facilitate regulatory business inspections through information sharing and

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City Hall staff waiting for a client in the Business

Name Registration Station

An entrepreneur paying for the assessment in the Cashier Station

setting up client database at each inspection unit using an integrated computerized system;

and 3) to improve the City’s investment climate and enhance its competitiveness through the

application of ICT. There are five (5) specific objectives of the e-BPLS project. These

includes: 1) to decongest the Business one Stop Shop (BOSS) at City Hall during the

January registration period by providing two satellite BOSS which will have the capability to

issue business permits; 2) to provide a

terminal at City Hall BOSS connected

to DTI PBR that will enable new

business registrats to secure their

business name certificates, tax

identification number from BIR, and

registration numbers from SSS and

PHILHEALTH; 3) to connect

electronically the city inspection units:

City Planning and Development Office

for Zoning clearance, Office of Building

Official for construction and occupancy

permits, City Health Office for health

certificates and City Fire Department,

which will enable information sharing and facilitate the regulatory inspection process for

health and safety; 4) to enable

business registrants to file and

submit their business application

forms through the city website as a

prelude to online registration; and

5) to empower local entrepreneurs

to use technology in transacting

with government and provide

feedback that will improve

government services.

The other project is entitled

“Establishment of Electronic Regional Development Council Results Matrix Monitoring and

Evaluation System” with the National Economic and Development Authority. The general

objective of this project is to improve RDC-10’s system and capacity for planning for results,

programming and budgeting for results and monitoring and evaluating for results. The

specific objective of this project is to improve RDC-10 Secretariat’s system in monitoring and

evaluating the impact of the outputs from the various development interventions to the

attainment of development outcomes and impact as indicated in the 2011-2016 RDP and

RMs in terms of quality of and reduced time in processing and analysis by the RDC-10

Secretariat of input data and information needed to monitor and evaluate the achievement of

the region’s desired development outcomes and impact.

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On enhancing the critical mass of STI human resource in terms of quantity and


‘Smarter people’ is DOST’s project to enhance the quantity and quality of STI human

resource of the country. ‘Smarter people’ are information technology-oriented, are abreast

with developments and are knowledge workers. These ‘smarter people’ according to DOST’s

‘Smarter Philippines’ framework have a modern scientific mind and have skills of 1) critical

thinking; 2) effective written, oral, multimedia, and multilingual communication skills; 3)

collaboration across networks; 4) creativity and innovation; 5) accessing and analyzing

information; 6) initiative and entrepreneurialism; and 7) agility and adaptability. These

qualities are also central to DOST’s program for the development of STI scholars and the

country’s human resources to unleash their potential and contribute to economic growth.

DOST-X had implemented a total

development package for enhancing the

critical mass of STI human resource starting

with support to elementary students in the

taking of the Philippine Science High School

(PSHS) National Competitive Examination;

conduct of the Australian Mathematics

Competition; support to activities of the

PSHS such as the Career Guidance

Orientation including summer training for HS

students; enrichment program for 4th year

high school students in municipalities with

yet no science scholars, in order to

increase their chances of passing the

DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship

Program; Scholarship Program for college

sophomores; development of scholars’

leadership abilities through the Scholars

Guild and Regional Summit; Industry-based

Australian Math Competition of High School and

College Students at Oro Christian Grace School on

August 2, 2013

Enrichment Training for Secondary Math and Science Teachers in Malitbog,Bukidnon on July 13 to September 14, 2013

Science Scholars from Central Mindanao University, Xavier

University, Mindanao State University – Marawi Campus &

Iligan Institute of Technology and Mindanao University of

Science and Technology took a break to pose during their

On-the-job training last April and May 2013 in the ISO/IEC

17025 accredited RSTL

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4th Year Students taking up the DOST-SEI

Undergraduate Scholarship Examination at Capitol

University last September 22, 2013

Summer Practical Training Program for graduating scholars; and an excellent on-the-job

training program preferably to science scholars in the ISO/IEC 17025 accredited Regional

Standards and Testing Laboratories.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Science and Technology

Scholarship Act of 1994, also known

as RA 7687 and the DOST-SEI Merit

Scholarship Program had 21,388

examinees with 2156 or 10% of these

come from Region X. The national

passing average for the 2013

examination is 18.62% while in Region

X, it is 7.84%.

Through the intensified and

region-wide campaign conducted by

DOST-X not only by multi-media but also

by school to school caravan, the number

of examinees to the DOST-SEI Science Scholarships increased by almost 50% from 1459 to

2156 students from 2012 to 2013. As shown in Table 1, the number of qualifiers increased

this year at 169 compared to 155 of last year. There were also two (2) qualifiers from

Malitbog, Bukidnon, a municipality that had no Science -scholar before.

Table 1. DOST Scholarship Programs, Region X: 2011-2014.

Year Number of Examinees

Number of Qualifiers

Percent share of Qualifies to Examinees

2011 1,548 39 2.5%

2012 1,369 141 10.3%

2013 1,459 155 11.3%

2014 2,156 169 7.8%

Total 6,522 504 7.7%

In the national level, the percentage passing is higher by 7.1% from 3,597 qualifiers

last year to 3,982 qualifiers this year according to the Science Education Institute (SEI).

Likewise, in the national level, the number of municipalities with qualifiers also increased

from 975 in 2013 to 1,107 this year, according to DOST-SEI This accomplishment reflects

the focus of last year’s efforts which was on the target of producing at least one (1) science

scholar in all the municipalities throughout the Philippines especially those with yet no

scholars. In Region X, this successful innovation was implemented through an Enrichment

Program for 4th year HS students and their teachers in Malitbog, Bukidnon. Enrichment

classes were held during Saturdays from July to September 2013. Successfully, two (2) HS

students from Malitbog, Bukidnon qualified for the DOST-SEI scholarship. As of 2013, there

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(From left to right) Ms. Batica, RD Alamban, Mayor

Moreno, a graduated DOST Scholar and with his

mother who received recognition during the NSTW

Regional Celebration last July 16, 2013.

are only 13 municipalities in Region-X that do not have scholars yet; 1 in Bukidnon, 1 in

Camiguin, 7 in Lanao del Norte, 3 in Misamis Occidental and 1 in Misamis Oriental. With the

success of the enrichment and review classes implemented in 2013 for Malitbog, Bukidnon,

this strategy including the basics such as teachers education and enhancement will be

implemented region-wide especially in far-flung areas and in high proportion in Lanao del


As of December 2013, 569 on-going

scholars are sustained and these are enrolled

in DOST-accredited universities in Region X.

DOST scholars continue to graduate as class

valedictorians and most of them obtain

honors. These scholar graduated were

recognized during the NSTW Regional

Celebration in July 2013.

Total investment of DOST for the

implementation of the scholarship programs in

2013 amounted to PHP 11.2 million. With all

these positive developments, DOST-X is

optimistic of the accomplishment of the target

for its subsector outcome on enhancing the

critical mass of STI human resource in terms of quantity and quality by 2016.

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate scholarship programs such as the Accelerated S&T Human Resource

Development Program (ASTHRDP) and Engineering Research and Development Program

(ERDT) for masteral and doctoral students were also continued as administered by the

Institutes in DOST Central Office. These scholars generated research studies aligned with

the National Science and Technology Plan (NSTP) and the Regional Development Plan.

Research Consortia

Furthermore, DOST-X had sustained the operation of the Northern Mindanao

Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) and Northern Mindanao

Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development

(NorMinCIEERD) and active participation in the Northern Mindanao Consortium for

Agriculture for the development of local STI capabilities in enabling the people to carry out

technological innovation. NorMinCoHRD endorsed to the Philippine Council for Health

Research and Development (PCHRD) a total of 13 research proposals from higher

education institutions (HEI) and 7 of these were approved and funded with a total amount of

PHP 2.043 million in investment. Four (4) of these researches are from Mindanao State

University-Iligan Institute of Technology, two (2) from Mountain View College, Bukidnon and

one (1) from Iligan Medical Center College. NorMinCoHRD had also sustained its capacity

building trainings with an investment close to a million pesos in order to come up with quality

and collaborative heath researches aligned with the National Unified Health Research

Agenda and for greater impact. A strategic planning was also conducted in order to come up

with the Northern Mindanao Health Research Agenda.

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Participants of Seminar-workshop on Measurement Uncertainty of Analytical

Results and Internal Quality Control in the Analytical Laboratory with Speaker

Lorens Peter Sibbesen in November 18-22, 2013 on Cagayan de Oro City

RD Alamban handed the

STARBOOKS for Malitbog, Bukidnon

STARBOOKS and Other S&T Information Projects

To create interest in the field of science and technology which may increase the

number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses; encourage great and curios minds to develop

new ideas-inventions and innovations and inspire one’

capacity for entrepreneurship and research, more stations

were installed for the Science and Technology Academic

and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station

(STARBOOKS). In 2013, a total of seven (7) kiosks, with

one (1) per province except Misamis Oriental and

Bukidnon with two (2) each, were installed in strategic

locations expending an investment of close to PHP 0.8


DOST-X continued to engage in aggressive

promotion and information dissemination to develop a

culture of innovation through the establishment of internet-

based research facilities. The Techno Gabay Program

(TGP) continued to provide farmers and entrepreneurs

with access to STI options to improve agricultural

practices. The Health Research and Development

Network (HERDIN) of NorMinCoHRD members were capacitated with trainings on research

mentoring, statistical analysis, technical writing workshops.

STI Human Resource Development Training

Various human resource development initiatives were also implemented for science,

technology and innovation. Notably among these is the conduct of Seminar-workshop on


Uncertainty of

Analytical Results and

Internal Quality

Control in the

Analytical Laboratory

with Speaker from


International, Eurolab

Denmark and Danish

Representative to

Eurachem who is an

international expert

on quality

infrastructure and

quality standards. These training workshops conducted in November 18-19 and 20-21 in

Cagayan de Oro City was attended by 59 Laboratory Managers, Chemists, Microbiologists

form the industries, academe and laboratories throughout the Philippines. It was envisioned

that the trainings will capacitate participants in confronting issues on product testing for food

safety and international regulations especially with the ASEAN Economic Integration by


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On increasing productivity and enhancing competitiveness of regional


‘Smarter Philippines’ program was crafted by DOST in 2013 basically to boost the

country’s global competitiveness by developing and deploying smarter technologies in view

of the analyses that the Philippines is now one of the fastest growing economies in the

world. In particular, ‘Smarter Philippines’ aims to enhance capabilities and thus give

investors more options to invest in agriculture, industries, governance, climate change

adaptation, human capability, jobs creation, healthcare, and in micro, small and medium

enterprises (MSMEs). Some of these projects were deployed in Region-X starting 2013.

SETUP and Local GIA Programs

Northern Mindanao had sustained its status as the leading region in terms of industry

and agriculture RGDP growth rate in Mindanao.

DOST-X invested close to PHP 25 million on

programs and projects with MSMEs, LGUs and

institutions to achieve the subsector outcome of

increased productivity and enhanced

competitiveness of products and services in the

region through its SETUP and GIA programs.

Smarter industries project provides state-of-

the-art facilities and capabilities which will enable

local industries to

move up the

value chain

and attain


competitiveness. Smarter MSMEs strengthens the

sector by providing innovative, cost-effective and

appropriate technologies that enable MSMEs to

develop and produce competitive products that

meet world-class standards. The Small Enterprise

Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) is

DOST’s vehicle for Smarter MSMEs.

Misamis Oriental S&T Director Cecilia A. Aca-ac

inspecting the newly delivered Reboring Machine of

Paras Machinery Works Corporation

A product of San Vicente Camiguin Lanzones Wine

from the project entitled “Upgrading of Lanzones

Processing in Camiguin”

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Vertical Machine Center used for manufacturing earth based hollow blocks known

as Interlocking Compressed Earth Block (ICE block) of Saddle Ridge Camp of

Misamis Oriental.

Enhancement of Processing, Packaging, and Quality of Herbal Teas and Capsules of Perfectly Natural Herbs of Lanao del Norte

Misamis Occidental Provincial S&T Director Soliven looking at the product of Myriane Enterprises during the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA)

Guided by the vision “An effective and

competent catalyst of inclusive development by

providing world class and innovative Science and

Technology services in Region X”, DOST-X had

been at the forefront in the diffusion of technological

innovation and scientific services to various Micro,

Small and Medium Enterprises in the region through

its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program

(SETUP). In 2013, DOST’s brand of process and

product innovation through the provision of superior

equipment and better systems had enhanced the

efficiency, productivity, and product competitiveness

of the enterprises that were enrolled in SETUP. The

SETUP strategy of synergy with its array of

scientific services such as analytical testing and

calibration as well as consultancy services had

perked up the competitive advantage of promising

MSMEs and thus they contribute to the rapid and

sustained economic growth in the region as well as

enhance product competitiveness.

For 2013, there were 58

new enterprises and

institutions in the DOST

identified priority sectors

that benefited from the

SETUP and Grants-In-Aid

programs. Subsequently

3267 jobs were created.

Midterm to end-of-plan, the

sector is 62% of the target

of 883 MSMEs developed

and assisted at 553 new

Bukidnon Provincial S&T Director Virgilio M.

Fuertes checking the meat mixer of Eli’s Food


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The participants of one of the Provincial Food Safety Advocacy Forum in Lanao del Norte which

were attended by food processors, local government staff and food servers.

and existing firms. A total of 273 technological interventions were provided to 97 existing

firms and 15 start-up firms in the region resulting to the generation of accumulated gross

sales of PHP 222.7 million as shown in Table 2. Midterm to end-of-plan, increased in

productivity of MSMEs in terms of generated accumulated sales is PHP 778.1 million and is

184% of the target of PHP 421 million as shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program, Region X: 2010-2013

Indicators 2010

(Baseline) 2011 2012 2013

Cumulative Total

Number of technology interventions

104 247 435 273 1059

Existing firms assisted 63 60 173 99 395

New firms assisted 23 50 70 15 158

Gross sales (In million PhP) 193.1 178.9 193.4 222.7 778.1

Employment generated (Man-months)

7,211 4,434 7,675 3,267* 22,587


The STI interventions to MSMEs came in various process equipment upgrades and

scientific consultancy, such as technology needs assessment, project concepts and proposal

preparation, design of good manufacturing practices (GMP)-compliant production-process










food product




analysis and


Completing the

innovation packages was the conduct of training-workshops on relevant International

Standards and systems such as on Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and

the Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP).

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Mercury Analysis of Baby Teether Samples using Direct

Mercury Analyzer-80 (DMA-80)

Table 3. Targets and Accomplishments on Subsector Outcome 2

Outcome Sector Targets by

end of 2016

DOST-X 2013 Plan Targets

DOST-X 2013


Cumulative Accomplis


Percent Accomplis


Improved competitiveness of MSMEs

2,832 MSMEs developed and assisted

883 MSMEs

developed 58 553 62%

Improved productivity and competitiveness of the exports sector

PHP 188.92 million domestic sales of various products of MSMEs participating in national trade fairs


222.7M PHP778.1M 184%

DOST X through the SETUP program had introduced innovations to various MSMEs

under the 10 priority industry sectors, namely: Food; Aquamarine; Horticulture; Gifs and

Decors and Handicrafts (GDH); Metals and Furniture; Information and Communications

Technology/Electronics; Health and Wellness/Pharmaceuticals; Food Processing; Furniture;

and Packaging and Renewable energy (energy from wind, biomass, solar, microhydro,

biofuels and marine current).

Testing and Calibration Services

In support to the technology

transfer and commercialization program,

DOST X expanded the availability of

internationally accepted tests and

calibration services through the addition

of another ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

for the Accelerated Shelf-life Evaluation

Laboratory of the Regional Standards

and Testing Laboratories. For the year

2013, as shown in Table 4 a total of

3,948 testing and calibration services

were provided to 1,317 clients

comprising 940 firms. The services

generated an income of PHP 2.3

million. The tests conducted were

microbiological, chemical, accelerated

shelf-life evaluation and calibration.

Clients are mostly enterprises including

exporters, potential entrepreneurs,

researchers, government agencies,

local government units and students.

Through the operation of the Regional

Standards and Testing Laboratories,

Analyst analyzing the moisture content of the food

sample for Shelf Life analysis

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Some of the Packaging & Labeling designs of the DOST R & D Packaging


DOST have maintained its reputation of a provider of reliable and accurate test and

calibration results in Northern Mindanao. DOST-X also acquired accreditation from the

Department of Health as a Drinking Water Laboratory in 2013. This has significantly

increased the clientele in water testing to include hospitals, dialysis clinics, hotels and

restaurants. It is good to note that the test results coming from this ISO/IEC 17025

accredited laboratories had resulted to food safety and competitiveness of the products and

services of the region as inferred from the testimonies of customers.

Packaging and Labeling

Another STI initiative

that DOST X provided under

the science and technology

services is the Packaging

and Labeling Services that

helped the MSME’s improve

the competitiveness of their

products. Local designers

especially those with print

shops or printing presses

were trained by DOST X with

the assistance from the DOST

R & D Packaging Center to provide attractive label designs and appropriate packaging

materials for improved shelf-life. Local designers were able to provide label designs to food

processors throughout the region. For the year, DOST X provided 11 packaging designs to

11 firms. There were 17 designs also printed through partner printing shops.

Table 4. Science & Technology Services, Region X: 2010-2012

S&T Services 2010

(Baseline) 2011 2012 2013

Cumulative Total

Testing and Calibration

Number of services 5,718 5,548 4,163 3,948 19,377

Number of firms assisted - 769 742 940 2,451

Income Generated (In Million PhP) 2.00 2.68 2.10 2.30 9.08

Packaging and Labeling

Number of services extended - 7 16 11 34

Number of firms assisted 18 14 17 11 60


Number of clients served 192 64 50 66 372

Moreover, to expand and institutionalize the packaging and labeling support for the MSMEs in Northern Mindanao, DOST-X initiated the Establishment of the Packaging and Labeling Services Center in Northern Mindanao. It is a collaborative effort of the major stakeholders namely: DOST-X, Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), government academic institutions in Cagayan de Oro City, the Department of Trade and

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The existing old library building of MUST to be converted

into the Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Region-X

Bukidnon Provincial S&T Center Staffs conducting Technology Needs

Assessment (TNA) of Emmanuel Milling in Maramag, Bukidnon last

November 8, 2013

Industry (DTI-X), the Office of Cong. Rufus B. Rodriguez, for the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City and the Food Processors Association of Northern Mindanao (FOPANORMIN). MUST hosted managed the center, while the other stakeholders provided the equipment and other requirements of the center. DOST-X provided close to a million pesos for the initial items of equipment that were procured by MUST. DTI-X provided also a PHP 1 million worth of equipment.

Food Innovation Center

The establishment of the Food Innovation Center (FIC) at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) was all set in 2013 with the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between DOST-X and MUST for the purpose of complying with the requirements of DOST Central Office. A separate MOA shall be signed among the local stakeholders that will capture the agreements for the management and operations of the FIC. Services in terms of R&D, product development, food testing, packaging and labeling, shelf-life and quality assurance will be made available to the food processors in Northern Mindanao and thus the FIC is expected to boost the food industry in Region-X. The center is expected to fully operate in 2014.


Consultancy services in the form

of Technology Needs

Assessment (TNA) and Food

Safety Assessment were

conducted to assist a total of 66

MSMEs for 2013. DOST-X in

cooperation with the Northern

Mindanao Food Safety Team

(NMFST) continued the conduct

of advocacy activities on current

Good Manufacturing Practices

(cGMP) through training,

production plant assessment,

Hazard Analysis Critical Control

Point (HACCP) and technical assistance in the preparation of GMP manual to MSMEs in the

region. Highlight of these advocacy initiatives was the conduct of Provincial Food Safety

Forum in four (4) provinces of Northern Mindanao that had attracted the participation and

attendance of more than 50 food firms and 399 individual-consumers.

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RD Alamban delivering his welcome message and rationale of

Technology Forum for Food Processors

Dr. Angelita E. Barcelona, Head of Plant Operations and Inspection Division of NMIS giving a

lecture during the SETUP Beneficiaries and Food Processors’ Training on Good Manufacturing

Practices (GMP), Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Sanitation Standard Operating

Procedure (SSOP)/ (HACCP) Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point conducted by the

Bukidnon Provincial S&T Center at Farmers Training Center, Central Mindanao University

Musuan, Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon last 23 December 2013

Technology and Investors Fora

Linkage between STI generators and users were further strengthened in 2013 with the conduct of a total of eight (8) technology and investors Fora in Cagayan de Oro City and participation in Technology Fair in Butuan City and Manila and Trade Fairs in Cagayan de Oro City. These fora and fairs assisted 164 firms and 371 participants. To capacitate and enhance the skills of MSMEs in different technologies and thus improve the competitiveness of their products, 23 technology trainings were conducted for 85 firms with a total of 758 participants.

Finally, support to farmers in the form of improved access to information and technologies were sustained with the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers.

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Installing Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG)

at C3 Road of Barangay Pugaan, Iligan


Barangay. Pugaan, Iligan City

On reducing risks to disasters due to natural hazards and enhancing resiliency

of the region against negative impacts of climate change

In response to President Aquino’s instructions, that was given after the devastation of

TS Sendong, to put in place a responsive program for flood mitigation, especially targeting 6

hour flood early warning system in 18 major river systems; including Cagayan de Oro,

Mandulog in Iligan and Tagoloan Rivers, enhancement of geohazards maps; and

enhancement of storm surge vulnerability maps, DOST developed Project NOAH.

Project NOAH

Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH that was

implemented by DOST in collaboration with the University of the Philippines-National

Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS) became

fully operational with expanded features in 2013.

Project NOAH include the deployment of instruments

such as water level sensors, automatic rain gauges,

automatic weather stations and state-of-the-art

methods to construct high resolution geohazard

maps that are important not only for disaster

preparedness but also for land use and spatial

planning. Project NOAH made possible the timely

and accurate forecasting of weather disturbances

and thus improved disaster preparedness and

enhanced resiliency of the Region against the

negative impacts of climate change.

Accordingly, DOST-X had intensified efforts to

inform and capacitate disaster risk reduction and

management personnel in its features and maximize

its use through the conduct of training and workshops

in formal and informal settings.

Table 5 shows the targets and accomplishments on subsector outcome 3 which is on

reducing risks to disasters due to natural hazards and enhancing resiliency of the region

against negative impacts of climate change. As driven by the imperative and urgency of

disaster preparedness, technologies and solutions for improved disaster management and

mitigation has rapidly improved in 2013. Before TS Sendong in 2011, technologies available

as developed by DOST- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) were the

Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG) and Automatic Weather Station (AWS). The ARG functions to

gather and record the amount of rainfall and automatically send data, via text message, to a

central database server on a predetermined interval. The collected rainfall data are shared

with DOST-PAGASA and other partner institutions for further analysis. The AWS are

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DOST-X Staff installing the Water Level Monitoring

Sensors (WLMS) in Bukidnon

monitoring stations equipped with different sensors capable of measuring wind speed and

direction, air temperature, air humidity, air pressure and rain amount, duration and intensity.

In 2012, the Water Level Monitoring Station (WLMS) was developed and installed. WLMS is

monitoring equipment geared with ultrasonic sensors that measures the rate of water level

rise and fall. Ultrasonic sensors system calculates and determines the water level in station.

In 2013, the WLMS and the ARG were integrated in one system and thus newer installations

have two sensors and these are called ‘tandem’. Table 5 shows the accomplishment in

terms of the technologies developed and not anymore in terms of the targeted gadgets as of

2011. Further, DOST-X installs and monitors these gadgets now collectively as Early

Warning Systems (EWS), which corresponds to the number of sensors that are each

individually maintained.


Moreover, Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) and Water Level Monitoring Sensors

(WLMS) that are used to provide data to Project NOAH were promptly installed in strategic

locations in vulnerable communities. A total of

34 ARGs were installed in strategic locations of

flood-prone river basins in the Northern

Mindanao in addition to the two (2) Automatic

Weather Stations, one in Oroquieta City and

another in Talakag, Bukidnon. Thirteen (13)

WLMS stations were also installed at strategic

locations along bridges in Malaybalay City,

Quezon, Maramag, Valencia City, Iligan City,

Tagoloan, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, and

Oroquieta City. Some of these instruments are

tandems. Thus, in all there were 67 sensors

installed as of 2013 throughout Region X.

These items of equipment were regularly

checked and maintained by DOST-X all year

round to ensure accurate data are transmitted

for processing to Project NOAH center in the

University of the Philippines, Diliman and


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Table 5. Targets and Accomplishments on Subsector Outcome 3

Outcome Sector Targets by end of 2016

DOST-X Yearly

Accomplishment since

TS Sendong




from 2011 2011 2012 2013 Total

Reduced disaster

risk due to natural

hazards and


resiliency of the

region against

negative impacts of

climate change

100% increase in the number of

Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs)


5 6 23 34 580%

134% increase in the number of

Water level Monitoring Sensors

(WLMSs) Installed

- 3 10 13 -

50% increase in the number of

Automated Weather Station

(AWSs) installed

2 - - 2 -

Number of tandem sensors


- 3 6 9

Total number of sensors 67

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Bukidnon Provincial S&T Director Virgilio M. Fuertes

Fuertes facilitating the “DOST OL Trap in Science

Re-orientation” in Valencia City.

One of the facilities located in

Manresa Farm of Xavier University

that produces Rice-Mongo Blend

(one product of complementary


On improving socio-economic conditions of the vulnerable and other

marginalized groups

DOST developed projects that would address pressing problems with its program

called ‘High Impact Technology Solutions’ or HITS. These HITS projects are designed to

improve the socio-economic conditions of the vulnerable and other marginalized groups and

also help the country achieve some of its MDG targets.

Ovicidal/ Larvicidal (OL) Trap

Implemented in Region X for 2013 were the Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap to reduce

the rate of dengue case fatality; Complementary Food (CF) to reduce the prevalence of

underweight children, aged 0-71 months and Clay Water Filter (CWF) to increase

household’s access to potable water.

These initiatives were undertaken in collaboration with other agencies and

institutions. The OL Trap project which is a simple but effective vector control method that

lowers the population of mosquitoes was jointly

implemented by DOST and DepEd. In 2013,

orientation trainings were conducted in the identified

schools in the five (5) provinces on Region-X, 6 in

Bukidnon, 2 in Camiguin, 4 in Lanao del

Norte, 6 in Misamis Occidental and 16 in

Misamis Oriental and these were participated

by a total of 214 elementary and secondary

school coordinators.

Complementary Food

The Complementary Food which is a

nutritional food blend developed by the Food and

Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) was adopted by Xavier University and Mindanao

University of Science and Technology where production facilities and equipment were

installed in both universities. Xavier University produced Complementary Food packs that

were consumed in the feeding programs of Congressman

Rufus Rodriguez in TS Sendong relocation sites and

some areas in the barangays of Cagayan de Oro City.

Complementary Food Blend is formulated to address

malnutrition in children 0-71 months old.

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“Training cum Production with Commercialization of 1.5L Ceramic Pot Filters” conducted by

Experts from the Industrial Technology Development Institute at DARS Ceramics in Bulua,

Cagayan de Or City

Clay Water Filter

Clay water filter technology for the purification of water was adopted by DARS

Ceramics in Bulua. The Memorandum of Agreement between DOST-X, DARS Ceramics and

the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) was forged in 2013. The Industrial

Technology Development Institute conducted a training entitled “Training cum Production

with Commercialization” of 1.5L Ceramic Pot Filters for the

Water Purification Filtration System of DARS Ceramics”

with 15 participants.


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Facilitating and Hindering Factors and Recent Developments

3. Analysis of the factors that facilitated or hindered the achievement of the targets

and/or implementation of the priority programs and projects

Underinvestment in R&D and underutilization of its funds continue to be a major

challenge for the STI sector. Expenditure in R&D remains low because of difficulty in

accessing and utilizing research funds. There is a need to improve the quality of researches

in order to increase the percentage of proposals that get funded and published in ISI

Journals as well as increase the number of innovations that gets patented or copyrighted.

Additionally, there is also a need to capacitate research managers in order to direct

researches to focus on priority areas of development. Further, STI workers in government

and other entities should be given more incentives in order to motivate them to come up with

innovations that bring a significant impact to the economy and quality of life of the Filipino.

On improving competitiveness of the MSMEs in the Region, still the greater

challenge is in improving productivity of processes and quality of products. Despite the

different programs for support to MSMEs such as the SETUP of DOST, there seems to be a

limited number of takers and less than expected success stories. In a workshop for the Food

Innovation Center, both industry players and the academe identified the need for

entrepreneurs to enhance their financial management. This weakness oftentimes is a reason

for SETUP clients to have difficulties in meeting their financial obligations. Project

management and technology needs assessment capacity for front-line workers must be

improved as well as the program itself needs to be reviewed for greater impact. Moreover,

the move to pursue an industry level for SETUP can be aligned with road maps and Value

Chain Analysis (VCA) already prepared for various industry groups in the regions as given in

the RDP Annexes.

There is also a challenge posed by lack of equipment manufacturers in the region.

This could be one of the reasons of SETUP slow uptakes. Of major concern here is the

procurement and after sales services. DOST will find ways to support the Metal Industry

Association of the Philippines (MIAP) that has two chapters in the Region; Cagayan de Oro

and Iligan in enhancing local capabilities. Champions from within the industry will have to be

identified. The Department of Trade and Industry can also give priority to formulating and

implementing an industry-generated road map for the metals industry in Region-X.

As experienced in developed economies and even in the other regions of the

country, Technology Business Incubators (TBI) is a good STI strategy to support the

maturing and adoption of a particular technology as well as the takeoff of micro enterprises.

However, the TBI concept is yet to be embraced by industry champions in Region-X. There

are promising prospects though, the Technology Resource Center (TRC) has indicated its

interest to fully be present in the region, MUST has signified interest to develop a TBI for

their new campus, MSU-IIT’s proposal to host a TBI may be renewed, and the Metro Iligan

Regional Agri-Industrial Center (MIRAIC) may also absorb one as proposed during their

strategic planning.

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The recent directive on coming up with results or outcome based performance

management in the instrumentalities of government is a welcome development to improve

investment and utilization of R&D funds. Outcome-based education (OBE) that is advanced

by the Commission on Higher Education is a welcome trend for the prospects of the STI

sector. There is optimism in the sector especially with CHEDs directive for HEIs to now give

equal emphasis to the three (3) pillars of education; instruction, research and extension and

the availability of research funds to SUCs as well as private universities. Moreover, there

could be some opportunities in CHED’s program of enhancing science laboratories in the 6

SUCs in the Region with costs ranging from PHP 2 million in smaller SUCs to PHP 400

million in MUST. These facilities shall be tapped for STI services.

Based on the Incident Report for 2013 of the Office of Civil Defense, around 20 minor

and localized floods due to TD Auring, TD Crising and flashfloods caused by moderate to

heavy rains happened in Bukidnon. Five (5) of these incidents had one (1) casualty each.

This information points to some flood vulnerable spots in the province of Bukidnon that might

be in need of assessment for installation of EWSs or just a focus for disaster preparedness.

Project NOAH team had been working frantically in a race for enhanced disaster

preparedness. The capability of DOST’s Project NOAH that was developed after TS

Sendong was tested with TC Pablo in 2012 and TC Yolanda in 2013, but there seems to be

a greater challenge each time there is a natural calamity; flash floods in Cagayan de Oro

and Iligan, debris slides in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental and storm surges in

Samar and Leyte. This implies that more initiatives and investments must still be poured in

for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in order that the Philippines is more

ahead and the Filipino is more prepared of a worse disaster. More importantly, in order to

swiftly capacitate the Local Government Units and Agencies with the use of information from

project NOAH, wide and extensive advocacy and promotion activities must be undertaken.

The utility of project NOAH information on rain probability, flood forecasting and geohazards

must also be appreciated for its potential in community spatial and infrastructure planning,

agriculture and fisheries.

4. Development prospects of the sector for 2014-2016.

The STI sector will capitalize on the various outputs from local and international

research groups to capacitate the MSMEs and industries to innovate. Research outputs

from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) may be effectively

disseminated to the industries either by participation in their round table discussions (RTDs)

or other means.

The presence of the Consortium for International Agricultural Research Centers

(CGIAR) in Region-X can also be capitalized particularly in enhancing climate change

mitigation and adaptation through science and technology. Initial involvement was done in

the Ridge to Reef project in Mount Malindang in Misamis Occiental. Current project is on the

Agri-Aqua System being piloted in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.

Northern Mindanao must also sustain the sufficiency of supply, efficiency of

distribution and affordability of power as well as water, communication, and other utilities to

support the MSMEs as this sector is the biggest creator of jobs and a major vehicle for

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economic growth. Regional policies must also promote an ICT-PBM industry because this is

a competitive advantage of the country as well as of Region-X. The local ICT industry can be

made a major player in the country by strengthening partnership with the local associations

and DTI. They can be a major driver for Smarter Philippines. DOST’s program for ‘Smarter

Philippines’ which promotes a knowledge-based economy is a welcome prospect for the

realization of the elusive dream of inclusive growth and socio-economic development.