DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro receives the Certificate of ISO Compliance from Mr. Renato Navarrette, Managing Director of Certification International Philippines Inc., for the DOST-CAR Office as an ISO 9001:2000 accredited organization in rites held at La Trinidad, Benguet on 19 February 2009. At the foreground are Dr. Danilo Pilar, ISO lead coordinator for DOST, and Ms. Ma. Rowena Madarang, ISO coordinator for DOST-CAR.


La Trinidad, Benguet—The Department of Science and Technology formalized the turnover of PTRI sericulture staff and facilities in La Trinidad, Benguet as well as an office building located inside the campus of the University of the Cordilleras (UC) to the jurisdiction of the DOST-Cordillera Administrative Region Office as part of its ongoing reorganization drive.

In her remarks, DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro stressed that the twin turnover rites reflect the Administration’s commitment to deliver effective and efficient government service to its publics, citing the establishment of the Urban Science and Technology Center, to be housed in the UC building, as the S&T department’s response for programs and projects focused specifically for Baguio City in recognition of its stature as the regional center for commerce and education.


DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro (right) listens as PTRI Director Carlos Tomboc (holding microphone) formally turns over the PTRI Sericulture facilities and staff to the jurisdiction of the DOST-CAR Regional Office on 19 February 2009, which also happens to be the Secretary’s birthday. At left is DOST-CAR Director Ben Ladilad.


For his part, DOST-CAR Director Ben D. Ladilad stated in his acceptance speech that his agency sees great opportunities awaiting the constituents in the Cordilleras, especially under the aegis of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SET-UP, while eagerly awaiting the challenges that come with new and added tasks and responsibilities.

The event also highlighted the awarding of ISO 9001:2000 certification to the DOST-CAR office. Later in the day, the Secretary inspected a number of DOST project sites including the DOST-CAR sericulture facilities, the PAGASA weather radar center in Sto. Tomas, Tuba, the temporary campus for the newly-opened Philippine Science High School-CAR, and SET-UP project beneficiary QF Enterprises along Naguilian Road before heading to Bangued, Abra for another round of project visits.

In Abra, Secretary Alabastro and party checked on the status of SET-UP project beneficiaries such as V & V Enterprises, a producer of local delicacies, Balbin Furniture, which specializes in ornate woodworks, and … SET-UP is an umbrella program that rationalizes and links all DOST services to address the technological needs of small and medium-scale enterprises with the support of its regional offices, research and development institutes, planning councils, and line agencies.


University of the Cordilleras president and former CHED Chair Edilberto de Jesus turns over one of its office buildings to DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro (partly hidden) and DOST-CAR Regional Director Ben Ladilad (right, with his back turned) for the establishment of an Urban Science and Technology Center or USTC that caters specifically to the growing needs of Baguio City as the hub of commerce and education in the region.


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