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PIA Press Release
2007/04/04

DOST to hold 1st North Luzon performance review

by SC Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (4 April) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Northern Luzon Cluster will be holding its first cluster performance review next week highlighting the best practices of each region.

Northern Luzon Cluster Head and DOST – CAR Director Ben Ladilad said the cluster review to be held from April 10-15 at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City, is in response to the mega region concept aimed to spur agri-business development in the area. The Northern Luzon Cluster is composed of Regions I, II and the Cordillera Region.

Ladilad believes that this is effective as there will be focus in priorities allowing the development of projects in areas with sustainable indigenous resources for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

One of the aims of the activity to be attended by DOST regional directors of the various regions in the country is to identify areas in which the cluster can complement each other or where it can have an integrated science and technology plan.

DOST Undersecretary Maripaz L. Perez will deliver a message during its opening program on April 12. Success stories on the best practices of MSMEs of each region will be presented.

Sharing of success stories on technologies excelled in by respective regions will serve as learnings from each other, according to Ladilad.

The success stories which are under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) is the banner program of DOST where the agency extends funding for needed equipment.

SET-UP projects will be showcased through an exhibit during the week-long activity. Products for display will be food, gift holiday décor, metals and engineering, aqua and horticulture.

Launching of tropical wines and distilled spirits, a high impact program of the agency will also take place on April 11. Ladilad said the resources of these abound in the region but the processing still needs quality standardization to ensure its competitiveness.

Ladilad said DOST will extend technical assistance to further help in improving the packaging of wines and distilled spirits. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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