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Coco coir products. Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro (left) on a recent visit to DOST-assisted projects in Mindanao areas was briefed on the rudiments of knocking together coco coir products (inset) by Rotchie Ravelo, plant manager of Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprise, Inc., a non-government organization that received P977,150 for machineries upgrade under DOSTâs Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program(SETUP). The grant allowed DOCHSEI to raise production, hire 120 workers, and contribute significantly to agricultural waste management in the province. [Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service]
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Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro went around Central Luzon recently to check on the progress and possible productivity enhancement needs of mostly community based enterprises that previously received assistance under the flagship Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP.
Alabastro visited 14 projects in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac last March 26-28. Business owners generally had positive feedback on how SETUP assistance raised productivity, product quality, and created job opportunities.
Top: Sec. Alabastro asks cooperative members and officers in Brgy. Cangatba, Porac, Pampanga how DOSTâs SETUP helped them in their cassava production and processing project. DOST provided granulator/chipper machine (in photo), flat-bed dryer, technical support, and consultancy services.
Middle: Carreonâs Sweets and Pastries manager, Francis Carreon, offers some of his products to Sec. Alabastro for a taste-test. He also showed how DOST improved his productâs packaging.
Bottom: Sec. Alabastro asks Catherine Mallari the rudiments of making durable furniture out of scrap materials. DOST provided Mallariâs Nursery Furniture in Lubao, Pampanga, known for its hard-wearing baby cribs, several woodworking equipment valued close to a million pesos.
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Interactive learning materials are finally within reach to millions of Filipino students and teachers alike. The Department of Science and Technology's Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in cooperation with Science Education Institute (SEI) - DOST, will launch the Courseware Website on 15 April 2009 at the Philippine Science High School in Davao.
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Scent of Ylang ylang. Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro (left) tries on ylang ylang fragrance, the dominant product of Anao town in Tarlac during a visit March 26. DOST provides extensive support to the budding essential oil industry through fabrication of prototype of ylang ylang oil extractor, packaging and label design, training, and marketing. Ylang ylang (top right) is endemic in Anao. The package of assistance was obtained under DOSTâs flagship Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program. (Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)