By: Adela Garapan Ida

THE  TECHNOLOGY  APPLICATION AND  PROMOTION  INSTITUTE (TAPI) Department  of  Science  and  Technology celebrates  it  29th  Founding Anniversary  on  January  29 2016  at  the  TAPI AVR  Building Taguig , Metro Manila.


For this year theme: “TAPIYESTA” which means Pinatatag ng Paglilingkod para sa Agham at Teknolohiya.


TAPI as it  marked it  29th  Founding Anniversary,  Director , Engr. Edgar  Garcia welcome everyone  with  confidence  and  pride.  They  have  gone  a  milestone  in achieving  the  highest  performance of excellence  in terms  of  invention,  utilization  and  innovation   of  resources in  the  field  of  Science  and Technology.


Their partners and stakeholders both in government and private sectors have played an important role in its commitment to become globally competitive.


The  DOST and  TAPI  family  had been  challenged to continue their full support, cooperation  and  dedication to  maintain its  commitment to  the  highest  par of  excellence  in  serving  the nation.


Mrs  Gevarra  former  Director  of  TAPI grace  the  affair  and  spoke  in behalf  of  Secretary  Mario Montejo.#





The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is currently on its construction of two (2) units of 50.5 m offshore vessels at the Josefa Slipway, Navotas City.


The Construction  of  two offshore  vessels  is  the  project  and  spearheaded  by  Sec. Proceso J. Alcala  (DA)  and  Director  of   Bureau  of  Fisheries  and  Aquatic Resources  Atty. Asis Perez.


A  Technical  Working Group  has been created  in this  regard  with its members  from  the  Military Group, and  these  are  the following:




The  government  intention  to  build  these  offshore  vessels is  to combat  the  alarming  illegal  fishing  in  our  territory, to also monitor closely the safety of our Philippine waters.  That  during  calamities  and  emergencies  these  could  be  used  for  operation  to rescue  our  fishermen.


The vessel costs PHP178.5 million each.  It has passed the plans, drawings, specification and calculation in accordance with the rules and standards under the Bureau of Veritas Classification and Certification.  This was designed by INCAT Crowther a reputable ship designer based in USA.


The construction would  be the first of its  kind in the Philippines  considering  that  the  labor  force  composed of  all Filipino  Professionals  and  skilled  workers  and  the  completion  of  its  construction  would  only take  for  18  months.


The  Philippine  Government did  not  avail or  resort  to  any  foreign  loan to fund for this  project.  The funds come from the TAXPAYERS MONEY.


The contract was awarded to JOSEFA SLIPWAY, INC.  Navotas City # (Adela G. Ida)

CP WASH Project for Negros Oriental farmers

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over a community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH) project to Caticugan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (CARBA) in Caticugan, Siaton, Negros Oriental.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Office II Louie L. Naranjo said that the local government unit of Siaton allotted P80,000 for the construction of the project, the DAR contributed P170,000 for capacity development, the barangay local government unit shelled out Ᵽ24,000 and CARBA extended their labor as counterpart.

Naranjo said the CPWASH Project is composed of four sub-projects: the rain water collector to accumulate and store rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer, the bio- sand filters to remove pathogens and suspended solids and reduce discoloration, odor and unpleasant taste, the iron removable filter to screen iron from water and eliminate ugly staining and unpleasant tastes and odor of the water, bio-gas digester to turn organic waste into usable fuel.

Among those officials who attended the turn-over ceremony were Siaton Mayor Alberto G. Ator, DAR CARPO for PBDD Grace F. Mapili, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Angeline Gadingan, Barangay Captain Nina Theresa Ragay and CARBA officials. -30- ( Gherlene Mae B. Rafols, Public Assistance and Media Relations Service,
Department of Agrarian Reform)

Manila Water to install more fire hydrants

Fire Hydrant new logo

Months before the start of this year’s summer season, Ayala-led Manila Water said it will continue to install more fire hydrants in its concession area as part of its service continuity program.

Manila Water OIC for Corporate Strategic Affairs and Corporate Communications Head Jeric Sevilla Jr. said Manila Water currently operates 3,237 fire hydrants in its concession area as of the end of 2015.  Sevilla added that personnel have also been deployed to monitor and ensure that these fire hydrants are properly maintained and ready to be use in cases of fire, particularly during the summer season where temperatures are expected to be hotter.  Teams also ensure that the fire hydrants are not tampered nor used for unauthorized withdrawal of water.

Of the 3,237 fire hydrants installed, 918 are located in Quezon City, 349 in Makati, 396 in Pasig, 475 in San Juan and Mandaluyong, 361 in Taguig and Pateros and 258 in the province of Rizal.

Apart from the operation and maintenance of these facilities, Sevilla said Manila Water is also conducting a regular information campaign among barangays in the East Zone on how to use the fire hydrants during times of emergencies. (JERIC T. SEVILLA, JR., Head, Corporate Communications, Manila Water, Inc.)


16-01-01  Voluntary garage emission test for PUJs

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary and concurrent Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna (second from right) leads the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with jeepney operator groups for free, voluntary and non-apprehension garage or terminal emission testing of public utility jeepneys in Metro Manila. The MOA signing coincided with the NCR Airshed Consulative Forum held Friday at the EMB’s conference room in Quezon City. Joining him are Land Transportation Office Executive Director Giovanni Gonzalez (right), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Winston Ginez (center), Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytors sa Pilipinas President Orlando Marquez, and Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association Nationwide (PASANG-MASDA) Vice-President Jojo Martin. ### (DENR Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service)

Proyekto Para sa Mapagkukunan ng Malinis na Inuming Tubig, Pinakikinabangan na ng mga Residente sa Negros Oriental


Pormal ng isinalin ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR ang pangangasiwa sa isang natapos ng proyektong mapagkukunan ng malinis na inuming tubig o Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene o CPWASH project sa Caticugan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association o CARBA sa Barangay Caticugan sa bayan ng Siaton, Negros Oriental.

Ayon kay DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer 2 o PARPO 2 Louie L. Naranjo, ang DAR ay naglaan umano ng isangdaan at pitumpung libong piso (P170,000) para sa naturang proyekto.  

May walumpung libong piso P(80,000) naman ang naging ambag ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Siaton sa kunstruksiyon ng proyekto at ang dalawamput-apat na libong piso (P24,000) ay nagmula naman sa lokal na pamahalaan ng barangay.

Sinabi pa ni PARPO 2 Naranjo na layon ng naturang proyekto na mabigyan ng sapat at malinis na inuming tubig ang mga residente.

Ang CPWASH ay una ng ipinatupad ng DAR nuong taong 2008 sa ibat-ibang agrarian reform communities sa buong bansa. (-jnormt-/ Public Assistance and Media Relations Service, Department of Agrarian Reform)

Village-Level Processing Center for Siquijor farmers


            The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over four village-level processing centers to Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) in  Siquijor.

            Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer  II Louie L. Naranjo said the four processing centers for squash noodles, herbal oil, dairy milk and peanut were inaugurated for Basac Womens Association (BWA) of Larena town,  Siquijor Womens Association for a Better Environment (SWABE)  of Siquijor, Kapunungansa Pagpalambo sa Nasudnong Industriya sa Gatas (Kapanig) of San Juan and Triple M Farmers Association (TMFA) of Lazi, Siquijor respectively.

            Naranjo said the DAR allotted P1.2 million for the four projects and the  four local government units shared P450,000.00.

            He added that the project aims to develop the market competitiveness of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ products. It also seeks to enhance enterprise and livelihood activities at the community level in selected agrarian reform areas through assistance in product value-adding, improvement of facilities, and assistance in documentation and license application. -30- (Gherelene Mae B. Rafols, Public Assistance and Media Relations Service, Department of Agrarian Reform)