DAGUPAN CITY, April 16 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Ilocos Region is conducting a media forum today to showcase its banner programs and projects that will benefit people socially and economically.
Flogileane Barizo, DOST research analyst, said that programs and projects to be presented during the forum at the Lenox Hotel include the complementary food blends and the ovicidal-larvicidal (OL) trap system.
The DOST developed the food blends to address malnutrition while the trap system regulates the population of dengue-carrying Aedes mosquitoes, said Barizo.
The DOST is also set to unveil a locally built technology called, automated hot water treatment (HWT) for mangoes.
Engr. Thomas Ubiña, instructor at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, said the HWT technology was found to be effective in controlling postharvest diseases in fruits.
“It will benefit mango traders in Pangasinan as the technology prolongs storage life and offers better quality of fruits suitable for local and export marketing,” said Barizo.
The success story of Bella’s Calasiao Puto Special, which benefitted from the department’s strategic program called Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), will also be shared by its owner Rodulfo dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz was assisted by DOST-Pangasinan to adopt technology innovations that improved the operations and expanded the reach of his business.
Other Pangasinan products and projects assisted by the DOST will also be displayed during the forum.
The DOST is the premiere science and technology body in the country charged with the twin mandates of providing central direction, leadership and coordination of all scientific and technological activities, and of formulating policies, programs and projects to support national development. (MCA/AM-PIA1, Pangasinan)