DOST Bicol Region launches new web series

Alas-DOST na, DOSTkusyon na! hosts DOST-V Regional Director Engr. Rommel Serrano (right) and DOST-V S&T Promotion OIC Engr. Domingo A. Peña Jr.

The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST-V) debuted its first web series “Alas-DOST Na! DOSTkusyon Na!” on 30 July 2021 broadcast at the DOST Region V official Facebook page, with simulcast on Radyo Veritas Legazpi and Veritas TV. Science time is happening every Friday, two o’clock in the afternoon for our stakeholders and the general public.
Developed and produced by DOST-V’s S&T Promotion and Information Services Unit, the premiere was hosted by Regional Director Rommel Serrano and S&T Promo Officer-in-Charge Engr. Domingo A. Peña Jr. There were two segments for the pilot episode featuring key DOST key programs: the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP and DOST S&T Scholarship.

 The new program featured the following:

  • Tekno-Asenso: ‘State-of-the-art’ farm, posible sa SETUP
  • shares the story of Cambi Integrated Farm and their progress through the technology interventions of SETUP.
  • Oragon: Kwentong tagumpay, kwentong DOST scholar

With the launching of this web series, DOST-V leverages on the trend of information dissemination through social media along with strengthening of existing information avenues and partnership with local media outlets. Alas-DOST Na! further reinforces DOST’s presence in the Bicol Region through an informative and engaging presentation of its programs, projects, services and activities.

The pilot episode can be viewed at the DOST-V FB page at (Engr. D.A. Peña Jr. / M.F.L. Miranda / M.G.H. Marcos, DOST Region V)


DOST-V turns over STARBOOKS to Bicol Science and Technology Centrum

The Department of Science and Technology Region V, through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Camarines Sur, and in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Naga City, held a Turn-Over Ceremony of DOST Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) last 10 August 2021.
Patrocinio N. Felizmenio, Provincial S&T director of PSTC Camarines Sur (CamSur), Ernani B. Suron, the BSTC Administrator, and two (2) office staff of BSTC assigned as the temporary Kiosk Administrators attended the ceremony.
Jemmary C. Barrameda, Project Technical Assistant I and the STARBOOKS Deployment Officer of PSTC CamSur, gave a brief discussion of the following: Stipulations of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Orientation on STARBOOKS Hands-on Training on how to operate STARBOOKS.
After the brief discussion, the activity proceeded to the MOU signing, ribbon cutting, and turning over of two (2) Desktop PCs and kiosks for the STARBOOKS server and terminal.
STARBOOKS is the first stand-alone Philippine digital science library that can be accessed by the students and teachers without using the internet connection. The turnover of STARBOOKS is part of the initiative called Revitalization and Improvement of the Bicol Science and Technology Centrum.


S&T Fellows to boost DOST’s R&D capacity

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has approved a new program called “Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows”, to create a pool of S&T experts and innovators or “fellows”, which will boost its research and development (R&D) capacity.
“With the country’s fight against COVID-19, we realized the need to double our S&T human resources here in our own home at DOST,” Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña.
Set to be officially launched on November 2021, the new project needs 68 S&T Fellows to be assigned in the different R&D institutes and Councils of the Department.

“The S&T fellows are expected to participate in the conceptualization, policy and funding development, and monitoring and evaluation of various R&D programs and projects,” added Sec. de la Peña.

The open positions for the first year of implementation are S&T Fellows I and II (MS graduates) and S&T Fellows III (Ph.D. graduates).

The S&T Fellows Program is one of the programs included in the Big 21 in 2021 event scheduled to be launched on 07 September, 10:00AM, to be broadcast live at the DOST Philippines Facebook page which aims to showcase new technologies and programs that will bring change in the coming years. 

“It has always been the goal of R&D to deliver lasting change for the benefit of the people. Now more than ever, we need more S&T outputs that provide social and economic impact, and we need experts to do that,” expressed Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.

For more inquiries on the S&T Fellows Program, you may contact the DOST-OUSECRD Office through email at or