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Every year, a deluge of students apply for the scholarship offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Recently, the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced 2,196 passers under the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program.

In the region, DOST XI has recorded 247 JLSS applicants, but only 72 were qualified. The number has significantly increased since there were only 57 qualifiers out of the 218 examinees in 2015.

The journey of every DOST scholar does not stop at taking the scholarship exams. They have to maintain their grades and upon graduation, they are required to render service to the country for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.

Kim Ligue Scholars Congress

Ms. Kim Dianne Ligue gives an inspirational message during the 7th DOST Scholars’ Congress

Engr Lolita Vinalay

Engr. Lolita Vinalay, Chief Meteorological Officer of PAG-ASA Butuan, talks about the Philippine Standard Time in a forum held on January 27, 2017 in Digos City.

Don’t we all hate events not starting on time or even friends arriving a few hours later than the scheduled? The Filipino Time is to blame for this. We tend to just brush it off and laugh about it. Others have turned it into marketing strategies for advertising pizza deliveries. This infamous habit that Filipinos are known for has probably been everyone’s pet peeve for decades. Yet, it’s as if no one is doing something about this.

In 2011, the Department of Science and Technology launched “Juan Time”, a campaign which aims to dispel Filipino Time and encourage all Filipinos to follow a single time standard. It was then later picked up by our lawmakers paving the way for the Republic Act 10535, also known as “The Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013”.

FPIC Demo web

FPIC Staff demonstrates the use of banana chipping machine, one of the latest food equipment in FPIC.

The Regional Development Council through the Resolution No.90 (s2016) awarded the Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC) the 2016 Davao Region Excellence Awards in Project Implementation (DREAPI) for Economic Development Sector. The annual award system was initiated by the Regional Project Management Council (RPMC) XI to promote transparent, accountable, and good practices in the project implementation in Davao Region.

The DREAPI seeks to recognize outstanding implementing entities from among national agencies and local government units implementing programs/projects in the economic, social, infrastructure, and governance sectors. It also aims to highlight exemplary practices in program and project implementation in support to Davao Region’s development thrusts and priorities for CY 2011-2016.

The awarding ceremony is slated on March 2017, in conjunction with the RDC’s first quarter meeting.

Aside from that, FPIC’s product, Bukolyte, bagged the second place Most Innovative Product for Spray Dried Technology in the recent awarding ceremony organized by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute. Bukolyte is powdered coconut water with no artificial flavor and preservatives added made from young coconuts

With the awards and recognitions FPIC has achieved, they have proved that they are Davao’s leading hub for innovations and technical support for the food industry. FPIC assures that they will continue to assist stakeholders in developing new and nutritious food products through innovative technology.

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