Food safety is very important as it may affect the health of consumers and also affect one’s food business. Because of this the Department of Science and Technology in Region I, through the Provincial Science and Technology Office-La Union (PSTO-LU), conducted a 2-day seminar/workshop on Food Safety and current Good Manufacturing Practices for the food vendors and handlers within the tourism area of San Juan from 15-16 March 2023 held at the PSTO-La Union Multi-Purpose Hall.  

Rice, vegetables, and meat were the top three most wasted foods among Filipino households, based on the study “Does plate waste matter?: A two-stage cluster survey to assess the household plate waste in the Philippines” of the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

The factors attributed to rice, vegetables, and meat plate wastage are larger household meal portion size, greater number of household members, and higher wealth status.


Dr. Marieta B. Sumagaysay (right) spearheaded the promotion of basic research during her stint as the former executive director of the National Research Council of the Philippines of the Department of Science and Technology.

“There can be no sex discrimination in an environment where merits count and where skills outweigh any sex-related factors, and this gave me the resolve to contribute in making this kind of environment happen for more women in science,” Marieta Baňez Sumagaysay, former director of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) and currently Professor 12 of Economics, UP Visayas Tacloban College, said of her early work experience in the field of sciences.

” When I was interviewed by the executive director search committee in September 2015, they asked me about my plans. I only had one – make NRCP visible in all regions and make an army of scientists and artists in all the provinces of the country. I had my “hugot” because I came from the province (Leyte) and NRCP was not known, as in, never heard, by most in the academe.”

Expand your knowledge this year with DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute’s (DOST-FPRDI) free online training courses.

From March to November, get a chance to advance your skills on the following select topics: resin lamination, charcoal briquetting technology, wood and bamboo waste utilization, handmade paper production, wood and non-wood forest products (NWFPs) preservation and treatment, lumber kiln drying, dyeing and bleaching of NWFPs, basic finishing techniques for wood and bamboo, and bamboo craft making.