DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro (center, in yellow) is flanked by Sanchez Mira Vice-Mayor Benjamin Oraceo (far left), Mayor Napoleon Sacramed (2nd to the left), DOST Assistant Secretary and Acting Undersecretary for Regional Operations Carol M. Yorobe, and Cagayan State University chief executive officer Aurelio Caldez (far right).

DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro was warmly received in Cagayan State University (CSU) in Sanchez Mira by no less than the Honorable Napoleon Sacramed, mayor of the municipality, Vice-Mayor Benjamin Oroceo, and CSU chief executive officer Aurelio Caldez, PhD for her visit and ocular inspection of SET-UP project sites in Region 2.

In his remarks, Mayor Sacramed cited the DOST’s pivotal role in uplifting the welfare and livelihood of his constituents, and that Sanchez Mira will do all it can to repay the generous help and assistance extended by the Department through hard work and diligence. For her part, Ms. Acela Sacramed, the president of the Cagayan chapter of HATAW or Harnessing Appropriate Technologies to Assist Women, expressed great optimism that as a SET-UP beneficiary, her group is capable of generating greater production for its products because of their great numbers in the community, many of whom attended the reception.

After the reception, Secretary Alabastro personally inspected SET-UP beneficiaries such as the coco coir processing in CSU, Criselda’s Food Products in Aparri, Project HATAW’s seaweed processing facility in Buguey, and Carne Ybanag in Tuguegarao City. She also checked up on PAGASA monitoring stations in Aparri and Tuguegarao City.



A worker packs Carne Ybanag’s latest product offering, the Chicha-rabao, which is essentially native chicharon made from carabao meat. The Tuguegarao City-based company successfully sought SET-UP assistance in acquiring processing equipment as well as packaging and label design.



Later in the day, Secretary Alabastro met with the staff of the DOST Region 2 Office led by Regional Director Urdujah Tejada. The next leg of this two-day trip saw the DOST Secretary and party inspecting SET-UP beneficiaries in the provinces of Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya, where she also met with officials of PSHS-Cagayan Valley Campus led by Director Salvador Romo.



Ongoing construction for the new PSHS-Cagayan Valley Campus in Masoc, Nueva Vizcaya


SET-UP, or the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, is the DOST’s response to the national call to assist small and medium-scale industries by bringing to bear its range of S&T services including technical advisory, patent application, package design, process improvement, and financing.

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