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Research Division holds 25th Science and Technology Excellence Awards Competition Print
Written by CBSUA   
Friday, 30 March 2012

STEAC is silver and still counting.

The Research Services Division of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture held its 25th Science and Technology Excellence Awards Competition (STEAC) on March 23, 2012 at the CN Divinagracia Hall.

STEAC is an annual activity sponsored by the Division where graduate and undergraduate students present their theses or dissertations that answer and focus on existing local problems specifically on food and nutrition, energy development, export generation, import substitution, income generation and distribution, conservation and resource management, socio-economic and education in accordance with the University R and D agenda. The activity has two categories the oral presentation and the poster competition.
Fourteen student-researchers competed for the oral presentation; four each from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and College of Engineering and Food Sciences (CEFS); two each from the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Sipocot Campus and one each from the College of Economics and Management (CEM) and Calabanga Campus.

On the other hand, a total of seventeen researches competed for the poster competition; six each from the CANR and CEFS; two each from CVM and Sipocot Campus and one from the CEM.

The activity was graced with the presence of the University President, Atty. Marito T. Bernales, Ph. D., the Vice President for REPED, Prof. Joel L. Batanes, the Research Director, Dr. Fe B. Perlas and the Deans of the Colleges, Campus Research Coordinators and the advisers of the student-researchers.

In his message during the opening program, the University President continued to encourage students in joining the activity. He emphasized the importance of research as one of the basic functions of the University. He had stressed out that through this competition we are able to provide an occasion to discover the potentials of our promising student-researchers to share their research ideas and results with the end-goal that we will be able to cater to the needs of the University and of the region.

To punctiliously assess the researchers distinguished evaluators from other agencies were invited. They were Ms. Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara, Senior Science Research Specialist, Department of Science and Technology, Engr. Arnie C. Ilan, Chief of Regional Agriculture Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Unit V, Ms. Johana C. Orense, Senior Science Research Specialist, Philippine Coconut Authority, Dr. Diogenes P. Pinoy, Agriculturist, Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Unit V and Ms. Maria Luisa U. Tango, Statistician, Bicol University Tabaco Campus.

After the evaluation, three theses and three posters were identified as winners. For the oral competition, the thesis titled, “Determination of Regulated Antibiotic and Banned Drug Residues in Urine Samples of Hogs Slaughtered in Accredited Abattoirs in Camarines Sur” by Feddik Antonette J. Serrano from CVM and an advisee of Dr. Julian Jose M. Trinidad bagged the first place. An advisee of Prof. Josephine A. Red, Rodrigo S. Baita Jr.’s “Development, Evaluation and Utilization of Rice-Legume Base Dehydrated Composite Mixes” garnered the second place. The thesis entitled, “Development, Evaluation and Functional Properties of Espada (Sansevieria trifaciata) Tea” by Joeric V. Paz an advisee of Ms. Rocelyn M. Imperial got the third place.

For the poster competition, the thesis titled, “Predatory Efficiency of Earwigs (Euborellia annulata) Against Major Insect Pests of Different Crops” by Emmanuel B. Nasol, Jr. received the first place, Jose N. Tormes’ “Varietal Screening of Hot Pepper (Capsicum frutescens Linn) Against Different Insect Pests and Diseases, the second place while the thesis titled, “Population Dynamics of Insect Pest and Natural Enemies of Adlai (Coix lacryma jobi) by Roel B. Penetrante garnered the third place. All of the winners in the poster competition were advisees of Dr. Maria Dulce J. Mostoles.
The first, second and third place for the oral presentation will receive five thousand, four thousand and three thousand pesos respectively while for the poster competition, three thousand, two thousand and one thousand pesos respectively. Prizes will be given during the Recognition Day on March 29, 2012. (jcz)

DOST awards Youth Excellence in Science to 18 Bicolano student-achievers Print
Written by DOST V   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Department of Science and Technology – Regional Office No. V (DOST V) and the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) awarded the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) to eighteen (18) Bicolano students last 19 March 2012 (Monday), 9:00 a.m. at Kanzo Hall and Restaurant, Peňaranda Street, Legazpi City.  As DOST YES awardees, these students achieved distinction in international science and math competitions for SY 2011-2012.

The DOST YES Award in the form of gold medal recognizes exemplary achievements of students in science and mathematics. It signifies DOST’s high regard for excellence and competitiveness among young achievers in the country.

Hereunder is the list of student-achievers in the region:



 Award/s Category

Title of Competition/Venue 


Bicol University Basic Education Department 

Suarez, Errol John 



8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

20112011 Indonesia International Mathematics (IIMC), Bali, Indonesia 

Sept. 2-6, 2011

July 18-23, 2011

Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region

Landicho, Christopher Jan


4th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO),
Modena, Italy

Sept.5-14, 2011

Naga Central School I 

San Ramon, Mikaela A.


8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

Sept. 2-6, 2011

Naga City Science High School

Ojeda, Yna Marie D.C.

Doblon, Hazel France B.

Cea, Jeniel Angela Mari C.

Caramoan, Ina Francesca C.

Fortuna, Q. Shane Lilian E.






8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

Sept. 2-6, 2011

Naga Hope Christian School

Panes, Angela Claire


3rd Honor/ Individual

 8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

2011 China Junior High School Math Olympiad, Beijing, China

Sept. 2-6, 2011

Aug. 10-14, 2011

Universidad de Sta. Isabel

Robredo, Jillian Therese G.



 2011 International Mathematics Competition (IMC), Singapore

8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

July 29 - Aug 2, 2011

Sept. 2-6, 2011

Aquinas University of Legazpi Science HS

Olesco, John Allan


 4th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO), Modena, Italy

 Sept. 5-14, 2011

Ateneo De Naga University

Borja,Christopher John


 8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

 Sept. 2-6, 2011

Ligao National High School

Romero, Jervy Anne M.

3rd Honor/ ndividual

 2011 China Junior High School Math Olympiad, Beijing, China

Aug. 10-14, 2011

Mabolo Elementary School

Briones, Rugilyn


8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

Sept. 2-6, 2011

Naga Central School 1

Balane, Mary Katherine M.

Coralde, Frances Marie Kayle S.

Notorio, Paolo Carmelo F.

Razon, Justin Brian L.





8th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad (IMSO), Naga City

Sept. 2-6, 2011

DOST-SEI launched the YES Award in 2007 and to date, it accorded due recognition to forty-three (43) Bicolano student achievers. This year’s 18 awardees comprised the biggest in its 6th year of implementation [one (1) awardee in 2007; and 5, 6, 7 and 6 awardees for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively].

Engr. Manuel Sn. B. Lucena, Jr., ARD for Technical Operations gave the welcome/opening remarks and commended the student-achievers for having brought honor and prestige to the school, region, and country, as well. He shared that in the competitiveness index being monitored by the National Competitiveness Council, generally the country belongs to the lower 50% among 180 countries in the world. The distinction in the international science and math competitions is one way to boost our country’s standing, he added.

Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, Regional Director, DOST V conferred the YES award to the student-achievers together with their mentors, school heads and parents. In his message, Dir. Briñas stressed that winning international competitions is a collective effort among the students, coaches, teachers and parents. It is high time to support S&T education and spend relevant resources to develop science culture and be at par with other countries, he further emphasized.

DOST-ITDI invites entrepreneurs and trainers for MSME development to its S&T Training Courses Print
Written by DOST V   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Department of Science and Technology - Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) is pleased to announce the S&T short-term course offering for CY 2012 to be held at its office in Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila

Hereunder are the training schedules and fees:

First Quarter

1. Introduction to Modern Weighing (13-15 March 2012) - P 4,900
2. Introduction to Pressure Measurements and Calibration of Pressure Gauge (21-22 March 2012) - P3,300
3. Mushroom Culture and Spawn Production (28-30 March 2012) - P3,800

Second Quarter

1. Calibration of Volumetric Wares (19-20 April 2012) - P3,300
2. Fruit Processing (24-26 April 2012) - P3,700
3. Thermal Processing of Foods in Glass Jars (8-11 May 2012) - P5,100
4. Charcoal Briquetting (16-18 May 2012) - P3,500
5. Extraction of Essential Oils (29-30 May 2012) - P3,700
6. Fish and Shellfish Processing (6-7 June 2012) - P3,900
7. Vegetable Processing (19-21 June 2012) - P3,700

Third Quarter

1. Herbal Processing (11-12 July 2012) - P3,400
2. Processing of Sauces and Condiments (25-26 July 2012) - P3,700
3. Determination of Shelf-Life of Processed Foods: An Introduction (08 August 2012) - P1,700
4. Design and Selection of Processing Equipment (22-23 August 2012) - P3,300
5. Calibration of Digital Multimeters (05 September 2012) - P2,200
6. Introduction to Food Additives (19 September 2012) - P1,700

Fourth Quarter

1. Calibration of Liquid-In-Glass and Digital Thermometers (03-04 October 2012) - P3,300
2. Introduction to Modern Weighing (17-19 October 2012) - P4,900
3. Styro Plastic Densifier Operation (07 November 2012) - P1,500
4. Test Method of Clay for Sanitary Landfill Clay-Liner (12-13 November 2012) - P8,400
5. Vacuum Training Technology For Food Service Applications  (to be announced)

DOST V invites entrepreneurs, trainors, students, program implementers and representatives from  local government units (LGUs), academe, non-government organizations (NGOs) and private sector  as priority participants to said DOST-ITDI Training Courses. For further inquiries, please write or call: Technology Services Division, DOST-ITDI at Tel.Nos. 837-2071 to 82 loc. 2270/2269 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (P.O.Lucena/D.A.Pena, DOST V/DOST-ITDI).


DOST V holds Seminar on Cooperative Development and GAD Updates Print
Written by DOST V   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

In line with the government mandate to incorporate Gender and Development (GAD) in the implementation agency programs and projects, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region held a one day “Seminar on Cooperative Development and DOST-wide GAD Updates” last 31 January 2012 at DOST V Conference Room, Rawis, Legazpi City. This year’s first GAD activity was participated in by sixty (60) male and female employees.

Engr. Manuel Sn.B. Lucena, Jr., Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Operations (TO) gave the welcome/opening remarks in behalf of Dir. Tomas B. Briňas, Regional Director, DOST V. He stressed DOST V’s support to gender mainstreaming initiatives that promote equal opportunities and empowerment for men and women. Likewise, he extended his gratitude to resource speakers who will shed light on relevant topics/updates as part of the seminar highlights.

The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) represented by Mr. Ramon E. Mendizabal, Provincial Cooperative Development Specialist talked on cooperative movement, its nature, characteristics, requirements and benefits. He also enumerated certain features i.e. organizational structure, capitalization, opportunities and challenges defining and distinguishing cooperatives from other types of business enterprises in the country. DOST V was encouraged to revive or put up employees’ cooperative considering its benefits to individual members and the regional office as a whole. Successful cooperatives belonging to top ten of over 200 in Albay were cited and the Albay Capitol Employees Cooperative is one of them.

Engr. Rivera, an officer of the DOST Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DMPC) also shared the activities/updates on DMPC. She stressed on the duties and rights of members and gave the requirements for those who would like to become members. DMPC established for over two (2) decades is now considered a successful cooperative and has extended services to members for the following: 1) loan facility; 2) canteen and catering; 3) store and botika ng bayan; 4) alkaline water distribution and 5) guest house management.

DOST V on its part has continued to support  GAD and implement projects together with the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) in the Province of Camarines Sur. There are five (5) GREAT Women projects in Bula, Milaor, Gainza, Magarao and Naga City for the technological innovations and enterprise development for Bamboo Processing, Processing and Production of Footwear Using Agas, Food Processing Center for Crab Paste, Ceramics Common Service Facility and Naga City Pili Processing and Packaging Center, respectively benefiting LGUs and the communities.

DOST V’s GAD undertakings foster good working relationship between and among personnel, units and divisions geared toward improved performance and increased productivity in the delivery of S&T programs for Bicolanos (P.O.Lucena/D.A.Pena, DOST V).

Assistant Secretary and DOST-Wide Focal Person, Ma. Maria Lourdes P. Orijola represented by Engr.  Clarissa Rivera, DOST-Bicutan, Taguig City discussed on DOST-wide GAD program. The creation, strengthening and institutionalization of GAD Focal Point System composed of Agency Head, Executive Committee and Technical Working Group as stipulated in Memorandum Circular 2011-1 was instrumental in mainstreaming gender perspective concerning agency policies, plans and programs; and coordination for synchronized efforts on advocacies and integration of GAD thereto. For 2012, a series of capacity building activities for GAD focal persons and Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) will be conducted.

DOST and ATI conduct training on production of culinary herbs and spices Print
Written by DOST V   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

On 10 February 2012, the Nutrition Communication Network (NUTRICOMNET)-Bicol, a Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V - led organization conducted the Training on Production of Culinary Herbs and Spices, and Meeting at Bigg’s Diner Daraga, Albay. This year’s first NUTRICOMNET major activity was participated in by fifty-four (54) NUTRICOMNET members, media and DepEd agriculture supervisors from the Divisions of Masbate, Masbate City, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Tabaco City.

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI-RTC V), Guinobatan Albay served as the host agency represented by Mr. Cirlo P. Nuyles, Training Specialist III who gave the welcome/opening remarks in behalf of Mr. Efren C. Sabularse, Center Manager.  He stressed that ATI is grateful for the chance to host/sponsor this training activity being a supportive partner to NUTRICOMNET. As Department of Agriculture’s training arm, ATI has 180 training activities lined-up for this year involving agricultural technicians, farmers and non-government organizations in the region.

Dr. Gloria Salazar, DA-RFU V, and Dr. Gilda De. Asis and Ms. Julieta Casaul, CBSUA served as resource speakers and provided the knowledge/information on Culinary Herbs and Spices based on current Research and Development (R&D) undertakings conducted in their institutions. The nature and characteristics, as well as the nutrient composition and health benefits derived from a variety herbs and spices were discussed. Also, they advised the participants to grow these plants in small containers, for home and even indoor garden/landscaping.

Mr. Jose Arnel Obias, Manager, Green Earth Café, Naga City gave a comprehensive lecture on healthy lifestyle with emphasis on Vegetarian (all vegetables, no meat, with or without poultry/dairy products) vis-a-vis Vegan Diet (all vegetables, no meat/poultry and dairy products) and encouraged the group to consume plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Actual cooking demonstration on the preparation of soy cream, mint and tomato sauce, vegan pizza and grilled veggies was conducted. His self-made recipes were distributed to members who are willing to try and adopt the vegetarian/vegan cooking. He also served notice that Green Earth Café is now becoming a most-sought after restaurant by health enthusiasts/conscious professionals/businessmen.








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