The Department of Science & Technology (DOST) Region-X starts CY 2017 through conducting a provincial project management review in the month of January 2017. The activity was led by no less than Dir. Alfonso P. Alamban, Regional Director together with Engr. Romela N. Ratilla, Chief of the Technical Services Division and one (1) project monitoring staff from DOST-X Regional Office. The management sees the importance and relevance of project management towards the success of project implementation. The activity aims to facilitate project implementation, problem-solving & coaching, monitoring & evaluation in all the 5 provinces. A series of visits were done in the Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) starting from the province of Misamis Occidental & Lanao del Norte on January 12-13, 2017; in Camiguin on January 23, 2017; in Bukidnon on January 25, 2017; and in the province of Misamis Oriental on January 27, 2017.
DOST Bukidnon supports the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week through a Practical Skills Training on Cakes, Pastries and Meat Processing for the PWD members. This year’s theme is “Karapatan ng Maykapansanan, Isakatupan…Now Na!”
It is hoped that with the new knowledge and skills on food processing, the group will be able to establish livelihood activities and will further have an enterprise specifically on pasalubong products. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malaybalay City through the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) and DOST will continue to support the group and the development of enterprise. Aside from project development, product packaging, labelling and marketing will be included in the assistance.
Following the conduct of 1st surveillance audit on 05 August 2016 by AJA Registrars at DOST-X regional office here in Cagayan de Oro City, the provincial S&T centers in Camiguin and Lanao del Norte, DOST-X is now on its 8th year as an ISO 9001:2008 certified office. DOST-X hurdled the audit with zero nonconformity and five observations. The Department of Science and Technology – Region-X commits to continuously conform with the international standards for Quality Management Systems (QMS) in order to deliver and provide quality, relevant and timely Science & Technology services to the local and national customers.
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Bukidnon’s Cakeboom and Party Flavors is the DOST-10’s Best Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) at the regional level, after earlier being cited as Bukidnon’s best at the provincial level.
Owned by Richard and Golda Lim of Malaybalay City, they couple left their employment to start selling Filipino delicacies and cakes to sidewalk vendors. In 2008, their Piñasita pastry with pineapple filling was adjudged Malaybalay City Best Delicacy. This was followed a year later by Piñakasi, another pastry with pineapple, malunggay and squash.
As demand for their healthy products grew, the couple sought DOST intervention in 2012 through the upgrading of their production equipment such as cooker mixers and continuous band sealer for packaging. Food safety handling protocol training was also undertaken for the firm’s employees.