Provincial DOST Director Jasmin Donaal said that amidst the pandemic, DOST is bringing science and technology down the grassroots level through Science for the People Caravan.
At the center stage of these technology-transfer activities for March are mostly women, particularly the potters of Dalupa in Pasil, Talalang of Balbalan and KALIPI members of Malagnat in Pinukpuk, also in observance of Women’s Month.
On March 8, Kalipi members of Malagnat were trained on banana processing, fermentation and bottling. They were joined by other participants in March 26 in the skills training on vinegar processing featuring DOST-ITDI’s vinegar acetator.
Potters of Dalupa and Talalang were also convened on March 8 for them to organize and be assisted of their homegrown trade. It was followed by five other activities on different dates that include product quality assessment and field visits to partner farms and firms.
Training on sugarcane wine processing was also conducted on March 12 for members of Ambato Rural Water Association in Tinglayan.
A three-day training-workshop for disaster responders was also conducted where the participants were introduced to Geographic Information System as a vital tool in mapping and risk assessment.
During training-workshops, hybrid modality was used tapping resource speakers from DOST and other partner-agencies for small, medium enterprisers on face-to-face attendance.
During the caravan, DOST-CAR turned over equipment for analysis (oven and circulating water bath) to Kalinga State University - Central Science Laboratory as part of the plan to establish an Analytical Laboratory in the province.
Through Science for the People Caravan, many of DOST-PSTC’s partnership projects are on the spotlight such as the OneSTore hub with Kinwa Etnika, the second hub in CAR.
Entrepreneurs from Kalinga are not only at the receiving end of government assistance but successful ones also make it to the regional and national limelight like Sally Pepito of Mt. Zion Bakery who is best provincial SETUP adoptor, and represented CAR on March 23 in the DOST Luzon Cluster Gender and Development Forum as speaker. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit