The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) kicked off the second a part of its Science for Change Program (S4CP) Summit in Baguio City, showcasing S4CP-funded tasks from the North Luzon Region.

Lighting the torches are DOST Region II Director Virginia Bilgera, DOST CAR Director Nancy Bantog, DOST Region I Director Armando Ganal, Undersecretary for Regional Operations Engr. Sancho Mabborang, DOST Region III Director Julius Caesar Sicat, Undersecretary for Research and Development,Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, and DOST-NRCP Executive Director Marieta Sumagaysay. (Photo from Undersecretary for R&D Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara’s Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

Coming from its kick-off final week in Bacolod City, the second leg of the summit was carried out Friday, May 13 on the Newtown Plaza Hotel, Baguio City. With the theme, “Science for Change is Science for the People,” the second leg of the summit highlighted constructive adjustments in establishments, industries, and communities from the 4 subcomponent applications of S4CP.

These are the Niche Center in the Region for R&D Program (NICER), Collaborative R&D to Leverage the Philippine Economy Program (CRADLE), Business Innovation via S&T for Industry Program (BIST), and R&D Leadership Program (RDLead).

“For the past six years, DOST endeavors to significantly accelerate science, technology, and innovation in the country through a massive increase in investment in the S&T human resource development and research and development (R&D),” DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña stated.

He added that the S4CP permits the endeavor of related and significant R&D in NICERs which can be at par with worldwide analysis institutes. He additionally talked about that via these facilities, there shall be a seamless improve in technology-based and value-adding enterprise investments, each overseas and home, because of a conducive STI-supported financial surroundings.

There are 42 NICERs established throughout 17 areas with P2.23 billion permitted grants. From the full NICER grants, Php 450 M or 20 % have been granted to North Luzon HEIs, one in all which is the Freshwater Fisheries Center in Isabela State University with an permitted grant of P22.5 million. The challenge entails R&D for the administration of the indigenous fisheries assets of the Cagayan Valley Region with emphasis on the extremely valued species, lobed river mullet or Ludong and freshwater eels which can be current in the Cagayan River system.

Under CRADLE, a complete of P37.9 million was granted to 9 academe-industry collaborations in North Luzon. One of those collaborations is with the EDCOR Multipurpose Cooperative, a cassava enterprise in San Guillermo, Isabela.

Farmer-members of EDCOR have skilled low high quality cassava harvests and one of many causes recognized is disease-infection in cassava plantations, which instantly affected the standard of the produce. Through the Demeter’s Eyes challenge, undertaken by Isabela State University, an embedded system for sensible detection, recognition, and mapping of Cassava Phytoplasma Disease (CPD) in cassava crops was developed with a funds of P5 million. The monitoring outcomes of the CPD-infected cassava crops can be utilized by cassava farmers to instantly isolate the contaminated crops to keep away from potential unfold to different areas of plantation.

To date, there isn’t a permitted BIST challenge in North Luzon.

For the RDLead Program, in the Cordillera Region, Dr. Ronald T. Del Castillo, marketing consultant of the World Food Programme, is the RDLeader in Saint Louis University (SLU). He is a marketing consultant in the United Nations World Food Programme (Philippines). He is the staff lead on analysis about growing and making use of social and behavioral communication instruments in bettering meals and nutrition-related behaviors, together with Indigenous Peoples (IP) and in the DOST-PCHRD- funded analysis on cell psychological well being.

Undersecretary Guevara additional careworn that it is very important maintain the R&D initiatives and undertakings with the stakeholders in all areas. “Through the S4CP Bill, we can ensure that research studies and results propagate society-centric solutions that benefit the Filipinos,” she defined.

 

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