Together with the members of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) XI and private partners, the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) extends its services to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Talaingod, Davao del Norte on June 18-19, 2015 during the 16th AREANA XI Serbisyo Caravan and Whole of Nation Initiative activity.

“A healthy river is a niche of biodiversity. Depending on temperature, salinity, level of pollution, and especially the speed of water flow, different aquatic species will thrive in a river, its banks, or surrounding environment.”-- Ricardo M. Umali, former undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

“You cannot protect that which you do not value. You cannot value that which you do not understand,” said Dr. J.R. Nereus O. Acosta, the presidential adviser for environment protection during the workshop on “Strengthening the Adoption of Integrated Water Resources Management and Other S&T Approaches Towards Sustainable River Basin Management.”


When in Digos City, never leave without dropping by their famous bakeshoppe, the Prangel’s Snack Inn. It is owned by Engr. Perry Nelson and Mrs. Norma Sur. They started their business in 1986 with only three kilos of flour until they grow bigger in time. From its humble beginnings, it has evolved into a successful producer of homemade food products in the city such as breads, cakes, and cookies. Today, they are considered as one of the pioneer food business establishments in Davao del Sur. With the increasing demand of their products, the owners sought the assistance of Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) to increase production efficiency and improve product quality.


On June 11, 2015, Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, alongside DOST XI Asst. Regional Director, Ms. Elsie Mae A. Solidum, visited one of Davao City’s leading industrial firms, Jhaymarts Industries, Inc. (JII) which was granted a PhP2M financial assistance under the DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). The Davao-based company, JII is known as the pioneer manufacturer of polyethylene (PE) pipes in Mindanao.

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DOST Undersecretary, Dr. Carol M. Yorobe (center) together  with the FPIC-PWC Focal Person Ms. Maria Christina Ramos (8th from left), PWC Vice President Dr. Ida Y. Patron (6th from right) and DOST XI ARD Elsie Mae A. Solidum (5th from right) pose with the  innovators from UPMindanao, DNSC, DOSCST, and PWC during her visit to the Center on June 11, 2015.

Established through the High Impact Technology Solutions (HITS) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC) – Davao has transformed raw materials to finished products since it was launched in 2014.