DOST introduces Greenhouse Technology in Eastern Samar

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ordinary farmers can earn big money if they plant the right varieties and learn how to grow their plants the right way. Unfortunately, most local farmers in Eastern Samar seem to know mono-cropping rice and coconut only. Thus, even if the province is suitable for the production of wide variety of crops, farmers continue to plant the common crops despite their dwindling incomes. On the other hand, those few farmers growing vegetables and other crops practice traditional and conventional methods that are oftentimes vulnerable to damages due to irregular weather conditions.

Mr. Benjamin Panaguiton of Cabong, Borongan E. Samar, a retired agriculturist, owner of Agreco Farm used to plant vegetables like pechay, ampalaya, and tomato. Recently, he found an opportunity to shift and venture into the production of high valued crops such as lettuce, cabbage and squash due to its low supply in the province.Suppliers of the said crops are from Cebu, Mindanao and Luzon and deliveries are irregular.

Mr. Panaguiton applied for the DOST Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program to acquire technology on greenhouse for vegetable production. Greenhouse technology has been proposed to answer the problem on unpredictable weather situation in Eastern Samar. The project proposal,assessed and endorsed by the DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center in Eastern Samar, was approved with the amount P285,000.00 released as financial assistance to purchase the technology. True enough, the proponent was able to obtain (2) two units of greenhouse, one was used for hydroponics system and the other is for organic farming. Coupled with staggered planting scheme, the enterprise will be able to ensure regular supply of high valued crops in major public markets in Eastern Samar and neighbour provinces.

Mr.Panaguiton hopes to inspire his fellow Eastern SamareƱos to cultivate high valued crops and to use greenhouse technology so that quality vegetables are always available at affordable prices. He hopes that in the next few years, Eastern Samar will no longer import high valued crops from other provinces, and will become one of the main suppliers of high valued crops in other provinces as well. (LourlynCelada, SRS-I)

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Kim’s Handicraft gets the nod of DOST-SETUP

Kim's Handicraft products
Another family enterprise from Eastern Samar received DOST technical and financial assistance to upgrade its production of facility. Kim’s Handicraft of Barangay Pepelitan, Borongan City, who specializes in wood beads production is among the MSMEs in the province who benefitted the DOST's Small and Medium Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) for 2012.

Mr.Ruben Ana, who primarily operates the business, is actually a government employee who had embarked on the said business for a couple of years already. Wood beads production is a rare type of venture in the region,thus, the firm enjoys increasing demand for his products from local residents and visitors. Furthermore, he is presently maintaining a supply of wood beads to direct exporters in Cebu.In the past, he had to turn down contracts of some exporters due to the limited production capacity of his firm. This prompted him to apply for the DOST-SETUP.

Last July 2012 at DOST PSTC-Eastern Samar, Mr. Ana received the check amounting to Ninety Five Thousand Pesos (P95,000.00) as financial aid for the firm’s acquisition of equipment to raise its production capacity and to eventually meet the demands for its products.

With the brand new equipment acquired out of the financial assistance, which include 1 unit of beading machine, 2 units of bench drill, 3 units of wood puncher, and 4 units of air sprayer,Mr. Ana is now confident that the firm will be able to increase its production volume by 40%, and generate and average monthly gross sales of at least P150,000.00.

“I am really thankful that DOST offers this kind of program. It is a great help for micro-enterprises.”, said Mr. Ana with a beaming smile. (JomarRapatan, SRA)

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DOST-PHIVOLCS conducts REDAS Software training for Eastern Samar stakeholders

Phivols Dir. Solidum during the opening
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) in coordination with the DOST-Eastern Samar Provincial S&T Center and the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar (PLGU-E. Samar) has conducted a five (5) day in-house training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Local Development Planning Process through the Provision and Training on the Use of REDAS Software” at Hotel Alejandro, Paterno St., Tacloban City last November 18-23, 2012. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Eastern Samar Provincial Office, Office of Civil Defense – Region 8, Plan Philippines and the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) also provided valuable support to the training.

The Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System or REDAS is developed by DOST-PHIVOLCS to provide quick simulated earthquake hazard information to disaster managers. The software can also develop maps showing cities/municipalities and barangays at risk to nine (9) natural hazards, namely: ground shaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, earthquake-induced landslide, tsunami, volcanic eruption, rain-induced landslide, floods and storm surge, which are all very useful for the provincial/city/municipal development planners and the academe in creating, validating and improving disaster risk reduction and development plans/activities of the LGUs/NGAs/Academe.

Eighteen (18) LGUs were able to send participants for the training, namely: Balangiga, Balangkayan, Borongan City, Can-avid, Dolores, Giporlos, Gen. MacArthur, Guiuan, Hernani, Jipapad, Llorente, Maydolong, Maslog, Mercedes, San Julian, Sulat, Salcedo and Taft, whose participants came mostly from local DILG, Municipal Planning Development Office, Municipal Engineer’s Office or the Municipal/City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC). Other participants were from DENR-E. Samar, PNP-E.Samar, Provincial Planning and Development Office, ESSU, Plan Phils.and the 8th IB Philippine Army.

The software was given for free to all those who attended the training. The training also provided them with enough knowledge to use the REDAS software for local disaster prevention and mitigation and creation of hazard maps and disaster vulnerability profiles of municipalities/city and barangays/communities as basis in identifying high-risk areas ad future interventions to reduce significant losses of lives and properties in case of natural disasters.

Dr. Renato Solidum and Dr.Bartolome Bautista, Executive Director and Deputy Director of DOST-PHIVOLCS, respectively, lead the group of resource speakers from the agency. (ArnaldoAmosco Jr., PSTD)

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Lagramada Souvenir Shop receives DOST assistance

Sample products of Lagramada Souvenir Shop
Equipped with the owner’s skill of turning a piece of wood into a colorful and artistic decorative material plus DOST’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program, Lagramada Souvenir Shop can now meet the increasing market demand of its souvenir products.

Mr. Raul Lagramada, the proprietor of Lagramada Souvenir Shop, received the check amounting to Ninety Five Thousand, Two Hundred Pesos (P95,200.00) last July 2012 at the DOST-Eastern Samar Provincial Science and Technology Center, as financial assistance for the acquisition of appropriate equipment to increase its productivity and to improve the quality of its products.

Lagramada Souvenir Shop is renowned in Guiuan for its artistic products which include miniature surf board that depicts the yearly surf board competition held at the popular Calicoan Island in Guiuan, coin purse made from coconut shell, key chains, paper weights and many other wood crafts.

With five years of existence in the souvenir item industry, the demand of the product has been directly proportional to the increasing number of tourists visiting Guiuan, thus, requiring the firm to increase its productivity. With the DOST SETUP, the firm was able to acquire various tools such as band saw, jig saw, bench drill, press drill, industrial fan and diamond cutter. In addition, DOST's Packaging Technology Division of the Industrial Technology Development Institute(DOST-ITDI), also provided product packaging and labeling support by providing a world-class product label design and transport packaging design that will be beneficial for Mr. Lagramada as he started introducing his products outside the province of Eastern Samar.

Mr.Lagramada, who is very vocal of being grateful to DOST SETUP, is more inspired to create more artistic designs and very confident that his business will continue to grow in the years to come. (Lourlyn C. Celada, SRS-I)

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For the year 2012, the Department of Science and Technology, through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and DOST Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program, has released a total of P1.9M for the upgrading of manufacturing enterprises in the Province of Eastern Samar.

The total amount of funds released covers the nine (9) project proposals assessed and endorsed by PSTC-Eastern Samar and passed the strict evaluation of two (2) Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) panels: the (1) internal RTEC, composed of Provincial Science and Technology Directors (PSTDs) and DOST-8 program heads, and (2) external RTEC, composed of various heads from the academe and private sector. All the 9 proposals were approved in regional level because each of the proposals funding requirements is less than P1.0M. Project proposals with more than P1.0M are submitted to DOST-CO for further evaluation and possible approval.

The innovation system support (ISS) tops the list of interventions provided to these manufacturing enterprises. Under the ISS, the SETUP beneficiaries are assisted in the acquisition of needed production equipment/facilities and/or technologies to improve their production efficiency. Other interventions provided to project beneficiaries are product labeling and packaging, technology trainings and technical consultancy services. Investments were spent on priority sectors such as food processing, horticulture, metals and engineering, and gifts, toys and housewares.

As of the moment, the program has already assisted 24 manufacturing enterprises in Eastern Samar and invested a total amount of P5.1Mto improve its productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. SETUP is a nationwide strategy in which it encourages and assists local manufacturing enterprises to improve their overall operations and boosts their productivity and competitiveness through infusion of appropriate technologies. (LourlynCelada, SRS-I)

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