Public elem schools in Dgte benefit from e-classroom

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Photo op during the launching of ICT upgrading system led by DOST Regional Director Richard Burgos (center) together with partners: (l-r, seated) Provincial Adminstrator Dr. Henry Sojor, Don Ramas Uypitching of RCDE, Badeeh Naifeh of Rotary International, Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Dr. Juliet Jeruta of DepEd, Gilbert Arbon of DOST, and Dr. Dino Dipositario of LGU Dumaguete.


About 25,000 pupils in 18 public elementary schools in the city will now be provided with information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom to increase learners to operate in an information age.

Under the innovative ICT-based learning system or e-classroom upgrading, a wireless computer network will be installed in each of the computer laboratory in the 18 public grade schools.

Pupils from Grades 3 to 8 will be able to use the computer learning centers using their tablets.

Science and Technology Provincial Director Gilbert Arbon of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the schools that have this system will no longer use the conventional desktop but use a wireless network with the server and WiFi router.

“Since there are free open source content providers available like the Kulebre platform, the DOST’s STARBOOKS digital library which has a lot of information related to science and technology, especially in the Philippine context on sciences, can now be accessed by the pupils and teachers,” explained Arbon.

The ICT upgrading initiative is a joint project of the Rotary International with Rotary Club Dumaguete-East (RCDE) as host institution partnering and the city government of Dumaguete providing the hardware for the schools under Department of Education (DpeEd), and DOST which also offered some of the equipment to the schools.

Rotary International represented by Badeeh “Bud” Naifeh said his club provided about $67,000 for the project, of which the city also has a counterpart of $42,000 for the purchase of computer hardware.

Rotary is now providing tablets to each pupil to lessen the electricity bills too.

“As a peace corps volunteer, I saw these under privileged children here do not have access to computer learning. I think this project is a wonderful gift for the children allowing them to be more proficient in English and be more proficient in Math because this kind of computer learning in computer that they are going to experience in their lives,” said Naifeh.

Rotary’s goal is to provide and teach the young people the benefits of educations to break the cycle of poverty.

This prompted the Rotary to start with Grade 3 pupils.

That means they will be competitive when they reach in high school and later on also in college which IT education is needed to digital economy, said Naifeh.

For her part, DepEd Provincial Superintendent Evangel Luminarias said the partnership between the local government unit of Dumaguete, DOST, Rotary, and DepEd provides opportunities for pupils to enhance quality education.

RCDE Past President Don Ramas Uypitching also pledged to DOST that Ramas Uypitching Sons Inc. (RUSI) Foundation will donate at least 10 kiosks in public high schools in the city.

“But as we have experienced, the more needy ones are those in the farthest barangays and so we will need recommendations from DepEd Negros Oriental, of which schools are the most remote ones that really need our attention and support,” said Uypitching.

“I will extend also my donation of computers to San Carlos City where Regional Director Richard Burgos of DOST7 comes from because the city is also close to my heart,” he added.

The benefaction will be done thru RUSI Foundation, RCDE, and Free Masons.

“What is important is letting our pupils learn from this hardware, these computers that are made available to them, said Uypitchin



DOST, MSMEs in NegOr ink SETUP worth P1.4M

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and three micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) here signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for technology upgrading of processing equipment and other assistance through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Engr. Reinhold Jek Abing of DOST said the move aims to help MSMEs become more competitive.

The MOA was signed by DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon and EM’s Dress Shop represented by Imelda Siñagan, Hazel Lynn Asignar of Ninang’s Kitchen, and Virgilio Anqui, Jr. of VL Motor Parts.

EM’s Dress Shop project proposal worth P685,000 is on technology upgrading on high-speed production of digital embroidered and customized apparel.

For Ninang’s Kitchen, the proposal on technology upgrading for the efficient production of bagoong, peanut butter and chilli sauce is worth P700,000, while VL Motor Parts signed the MOA with DOST for the project proposal on motor reboring technology worth P200,000.

All three MSMEs secured final approval from DOST-7, said Abing.

“It will be noted that they also secured initial approval from the Regional Technical Evaluation Committee of DOST 7 during the en banc held last month at Provincial S&T Center of DOST Siquijor,” he added.

Prior to the MOA signing, DOST conducted Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) in order to identify appropriate processing equipment and assistance needed by the MSMEs.

The three firms have been registered with the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and respective local government units.

The MSMEs were also operating for the last three years as proven in the submitted audited financial statements for the last three years of operation.

All interested MSMEs that will qualify for the DOST SETUP are encouraged to apply by visiting DOST Negros Oriental or email or contact cellphone number 0975-197-8330.

Entreps get funding assistance approval from DOST for biz enhancement

By Roi Lomotan


VL Motor Parts proprietor Virgilio Anqui Jr., presents his project proposal for DOST -7  SETUP funding during the DOST Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) en banc session held on May 17 at DOST Siquijor Provincial Science and Technology Center. (DOST Negros Oriental)


Four Negros Oriental entrepreneurs got the approval of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on their request for funding assistance for the purchase of equipment needed for the enhancement of their respective businesses.

Entrepreneurs Imelda Siñagan of EM’s Dress Shop, Hazel Lynn P. Asignar of Ninang’s Kitchen, Virgilio B. Anqui, Jr. of VL Motor Parts and Atty. Anna Pris Pareja of Rockland Farm Ltd. Company pitched their project proposals before the members of the Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) of DOST – 7 during the RTEC en banc session held in Siquijor island recently.

The presentation of project proposals before the RTEC is one of the steps in availing DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), an intervention to help Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) boost their production and competitiveness through different strategies which include the provision of technology.

DOST – Negros Oriental Provincial Director Gilbert Arbon and Science Research Specialist Engr. Reinhold Jek Abing guided the entrepreneurs in defending their project proposals before the members of the committee.

Engr. Abing disclosed these proposals have a combined worth amounting to P4 million.

Siñagan requested for technology upgrading for embroidered apparel while Asignar proposed for also request for technology upgrading for the efficient production of bagoong, peanut butter, and chili sauce.

On the other hand, Anqui requested for a motor reboring technology while Lawyer Anna Priscilla M. Pareja wishes to acquire basic farming machinery and efficient greenhouse farming technologies.

“The DOST – 7 RTEC initially approved their project proposals.

The clients now need to submit their revised proposals incorporating recommendations and answers to questions from said evaluators,” Abing said.

“Once finally approved, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be drafted and signed by the parties from the proponent, DOST NegOr and DOST VII. It will then be notarized.

After that, DOST will turn over the amount approved which the proponent will use according to the conditions as stipulated in the notarized MOA like the acquisition of the processing equipment, among other things,” he elaborated.

In return, the four entrepreneurs will have to hand over 36 post-dated checks to DOST as monthly payment of the technological assistance.

The RTEC panel was composed of DOST – 7 Supervising Science Research Specialist Engr. Samuel Parcon and external evaluators composed of Engr. Van Gaitano Vergara, Lourdes Damazo and Ruby Salutan.