Batac City, Ilocos Norte --- Ilocos folks are now in for a weeklong showcase of Ilocandia’s finest in science and technology as the Department of Science and Technology kicked off the regional celebration of the 2012 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) July 30 at the TeatroIlocandia of the Mariano Marcos State University in this city.

“The NSTW highlights the Filipino’s competitiveness, creativity, and ingenuity through DOST’s intervention,” Science Secretary Mario Montejo said in a speech delivered for him by Asst. Sec. Maria Lourdes Orijola.


J. Emmanuel Pastries, a pili nut processing business which started out on a Php 500 capital and now a multi-million business, is the very first Best National adoptor of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

SETUP is one of the priority programs of DOST that aims to boost small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) productivity and competitiveness by assisting them in adopting technological innovations to improve their operations.


In a bid to fight dengue, the Department of Science and Technology is distributing some 435,000 Ovicidal-Larvicidal Traps or OL Traps to all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide before the rainy season comes.

“DOST will provide OL Trap kits to every public school classroom all over the country,” DOST Sec. Mario Montejo said. “OL Traps prevent the larvae from maturing into dengue-carrying mosquitoes, thus we aim to contain and reduce the spread of the disease in places where mosquitoes congregate and breed during daytime, like classrooms."