1ST ARMM Halal Summit conducted in Lamitan City whilst Halal Food Innovation Center launched
Lamitan City - THE Department of Science and Technology – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, in partnership with the Provincial Local Government and the City Government of Lamitan, conducted the 1st ARMM Halal Summit in Basilan last June 28-29, 2018. The said event was spearheaded and converged together with the members of the ARMM Halal Industry Development Inter-agency Technical Working Group (HID-IATWG). Highlights of the activity was the launching of the Halal Food Innovation Center (HFIC) and the DOST-ARMM Assisted Halal Certified Products.
The event was formally opened thru the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon led by Basilan Provincial Governor Jim Hataman Salliman assisted by Lamitan City Mayor Rose U. Furigay and DOST-ARMM Regional Secretary Myra Mangkabung, witnessed by all other and stakeholders present during the opening program. FIC Stakeholders and partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) cum the First ARMM Halal Summit 2018 Resolution.
There was a press conference held and different questions were asked by members of the media present. DTI-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar Malang, Chairman of the Economic Cluster Atty. Ishak Mastura, Regional Director of DOST-XI Dr. Anthony C. Sales and other members of the HID-IATWG answered different questions from the media and participants alike. More than 500 participants from all over the ARMM region attended the said event. The summit was also attended by different exhibitors selling different products that are certified halal.
With the theme “Strengthening Halal Ecosystem in ARMM for Global Market: Creating Opportunities; Synchronizing Synergy”, the summit established and featured the first Halal Food Innovation Center in the region. The summit also gathered some of the halal region’s players to share their experiences and best practices in establishing a respectable and sustainable Halal ecosystem. This also featured lectures and open forums about halal ecosystem from resource speakers who are experts in their own fields to discuss Halal integration, policies, testing and analysis, certifications, investment priority plan, best practices, healthful halal, environmental ecosystems on Halal Industries, Halal Cosmetics, Halal Ordinance, Halal Tourism and FDA Licensing. The aim in view is to come up with a resolution strengthening support to halal programs and activities. This is to position ARMM locally manufactured products to enter the global market.
On the second day event, the lectures were continued and followed by an open forum. This is to enlighten everyone about the Halal ecosystem. The second day event was highlighted by launching of DOST-ARMM’s Assisted Product that are Halal Certified. These products from different provinces of ARMM were sold and promoted on the said event.
The ARMM Halal Industry Development Inter-Agency Technical Working Group, its executive committee and other Halal stakeholders through the “1ST ARMM Halal Summit 2018 are committed to sustain and strengthen its efforts towards the development of the Halal industry in the region through advocacy, coordination to conduct Halal related trainings such as raising awareness on Halal, campaign on strict adherence to the “Halal Standards”, design module for Halal Credit Facility and production training on Halal, encourage and support MSMEs for the production of Halal certified products, ensure that FDA health product policies and guidelines on Halal are consistent with the Philippine National Standards on Halal, advocate the promotion of halal ecosystem through promulgation of policy, regulation and ordinance and more.
The event ended with a positive note, marking the beginning of a more intensive and broader coverage of advocacy activities in the region at the country in general. Hopefully it will open more doors of opportunities leading towards making ARMM the Halal Hub of the country.
58 New DOST Scholarship Qualifiers in ARMM signed a contract
58 New DOST Scholars in ARMM signed a contract
A signing of contract conducted at the Provincial Capitol Hall of Marawi City last May 24, 2018.
Fifty-eight new DOST scholars signed a contract in different provinces of ARMM. These are the passers of DOST RA 7687, DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program and Project GREAT-M. Two qualifiers in Maguindanao signed a contract last May 21, 2018; 32 qualifiers signed a contract last May 24, 2018, in Lanao del Sur; three qualifiers in Basilan signed a contract last May 30, 2018; two passers signed a contract last May 31, 2018, in Sulu and two passers in Tawi-Tawi, respectively.
There are a total of 32 qualifiers who passed the examination for RA 7687; 15 qualifiers for DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship program and 11 qualifiers for Project GREAT-M, a total of 58 new qualifiers. These students from different provinces of ARMM submitted requirements before the contract signing and was oriented about the privileges and obligations of the scholarship program. (Click here to view the list of qualifiers in ARMM)
New scholars will benefit from the scholarship privileges granted by DOST-SEI. During the regular academic year, students will receive tuition allowance based on the Statement of Account not to exceed P40, 000.00, book allowance worth P10, 000, a transportation expenses, clothing allowance, monthly living allowance at P7, 000.00 per month, group health and accident insurance and graduation allowance to be released during the last semester or term of the program of study. Scholars should meet the required maintaining grades to continually enjoy the privileges of the program.
The Republic Act No. 7687, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, provides for scholarships to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status do not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators. Qualifiers must pursue priority fields of study in the basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching.
The DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and are willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.
The Project Grant for Educational Assistance on Technology and Science Teaching Courses in Mindanao (GREAT-M) scholarships are provided to qualified underprivileged college students in Mindanao to ensure that they finish tertiary education.
S&T Undergraduate Scholarships Program aims to stimulate and entice talented Filipino youths to pursue lifetime productive careers in science and technology and ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources which can steer the country towards national progress. It is also for the pursuance of a priority program in the field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
STARBOOKS deployed in Maluso
STARBOOKS deployed in Maluso
One unit of “digital library” known as STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic Research based Openly Operated Kiosks Station was deployed to Local Government Unit of Barangay Fuente in Maluso, Basilan. The Memorandum of Understanding for the project was signed last May 10, 2018 at Barangay Fuente Hall of Maluso together with the Regional Secretary of DOST-ARMM, Myra B. Mangkabung.
Deployment of STARBOOKS throughout ARMM continues to provide people in remote areas who lack access to internet connections. This is to generate educational information too.
Specifically, STARBOOKS features books, magazines, journals, scientific and research papers, “TamangDOSTkarte” livelihood videos, and Britannica Ultimate Encyclopedia, covering topics on food and nutrition, health and medicine, energy, environment, livelihood technologies, among others.
STARBOOKS is one of DOST’s strategies in making science and technology information accessible and available to citizens, especially those in the countryside. The package (computer set, software, and kiosk) is free for selected beneficiary institutions, LGUs, schools, NGO’s.
Digital library “library-in-a-box” does not need internet connec¬tion in order to access the vast array of science and technology information, hundreds of thousands of titles of digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual reports, theses, dissertations, science projects, livelihood vid¬eos.. .and much more. All these can be availed of through STARBOOKS, a user-friendly, stand-alone digital library of science and technology materials in text, video, and audio formats.
STARBOOKS was awarded the American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects last June 29, 2015, at the San Francisco Library in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. According to ALA, STARBOOKS was acknowledged for “making science and technology materials available to the general public in remote areas that have few information resources, no libraries, and little or no Internet connectivity.
DOST-ARMM conducts Membership Orientation
DOST-ARMM conducts Membership Orientation for JO's/Contractual on SSS, PhilHealth and PAGIBIG
The DOST-ARMM, under the employee welfare and benefits program of the HR Unit, conducted a Membership Orientation for Job Orders (JO’s)/Contractual in order to inform them of the benefits of enrolling themselves in the services of the said partner agencies such as the Social Security System (SSS), the PhilHealth and PAG-IBIG.
This is in the light of the recommendation made by the Commission on Audit as contained in their Management Audit Observation, specifying the need to enroll all JO’s/Contractual to the services of the afore-mentioned partner agencies to ensure that they too, benefit from the services of the said government institutions.
The activity started with a prayer followed by Opening Remarks given by the Acting FAD Chief, Mr. Johnny E. Evangelista. The Resource Speakers from SSS, Ms. Shahara Tasnym Kamid, and Ms. Yasmin Lidasan talk about the process of Membership and the benefits of becoming a member of the SSS. After their presentation, they allotted time for the participants to ask their questions. All questions asked were answered satisfactorily by the Resource Speakers and the session ended with the participants requesting for Membership Forms for them to fill up and enroll themselves in SSS.
In the afternoon, PHILHEALTH presented the services they offer, coverage of health benefits they offer for members, the amount the JO’s/Contractual must pay to become a member and the benefits that go with there being a legitimate member of PHILHEALTH. One participant also inquired about the status of being a PhilHealth member under a sponsored program such as the Shajahatra, a social service arm of the MILF and the PhilHealth speaker answered that if he is already a member of PhilHealth thru the said sponsored program, he need not apply for another membership but must continue using the said membership under the Shajahatra. No less that the Head/Overseer of DOS LHOO in the person of Mr. Pasayod P. Berowa, MPA, attended together with his staff to give lecture on membership and benefits of being a PhilHealth Member.
Mr. Ronald G. Lee and Mr. Jomar K. Tugado from PAGIBIG/HDMF Cotabato City gave lectures on Membership and benefits of being a PAGIBIG member. The amount of personal contributions a would-be member must pay and the benefits that goes along with it were thoroughly discussed by the speaker, Mr. Ronald G. Lee. What PAGIBIG stands for were also given emphasis by the lecturer, pointing out the collaborative effort of government instrumentalities in helping public servants achieve their dream of owning decent shelters thru their housing programs. The participants attentively listens to the lecture and asks relevant questions on membership as well as the benefits that goes along with it. The session ended with a positive note where the participants requested for membership forms so they can fill it out and submit to PAGIBIG office and comply also with other membership requirements.
Overall, the program was able to achieve its goal of providing an avenue for the JO’s/Contractual to understand the process of becoming a member of the three (3) government institutions that provides social services through a very minimal contribution that they can pay conveniently, either thru salary deduction or window-payment. But in the case of the participants, they understood that their payment will be thru salary deduction and they will be treated as one group so that their remittances will be paid at once.
ARMM Official Pushes ‘Blue Economy’ For Poverty Reduction
ARMM Official Pushes ‘Blue Economy’ For Poverty Reduction
An official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has pushed for “blue economy” as a program to help alleviate poverty in the region.
Myra B. Mangkabung, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – ARMM secretary, said that “blue economy includes the utilization of the potentials of the ocean or vast bodies of water to mitigate poverty.”
She noted that the autonomous Muslim region has the distinction of having a high poverty incidence in the country brought about by its problems on peace and order.
Mangkabung said that ARMM needs the support of the national government, particularly in developing the region’s fisheries sector, to alleviate poverty in the area.
She said that ARMM has vast oceans, making the region the leading producer of seaweeds in the country.
Mangkabung also said the backbone of the Sardines industry in Zamboanga peninsula is the Sulu archipelago, where the fishes are mostly caught.
Mangkabung is one of the participants in the ongoing Mindanao Regional Scientific Meeting that kicked off on Monday at the SMX Convention Center.
The meeting of scientists and researchers aims to come up with a recommendation for the development of the fisheries and aquatic resources sector in the southern Philippines.(PNA) LAP/BS/LCM/AF/LDP