Second Quarter Issue 2007

Effects of Global Warming on Fisheries

Global warming caused by the trapping in the atmosphere of gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane, etc.) produced by massive fossil-fuel burning industries has raised global temperature resulting to climate change and rising sea level. Climate change is driving extreme climatic events such as droughts, severe cyclones, and floods.  Rising sea level is expected to swamp low-lying areas of the country in the years to come especially with the melting of the polar glaciers. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, East Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions facing widescale impact of the global warming phenomena . . . . read

The transformation of Marinduque's uraro cookies

uraro cookiesTraditional processing of fresh arrowroot into flour also takes so much time and energy--crushing fresh uraro using ‘ilod’, which involves a whole segment of polished tree trunk that’s held at opposite ends then rolled to and fro over a rounded wooden frame to extract the juice.  The juice is then dried to a fine powder.  A sack of uraro flour, equivalent to 35 kilograms, can take a day to produce.  The laborious process made uraro flour very expensive . . . . read

Ecotourism to enhance economy, nature mangementEcotourism contributes to the tourism industry’s sustained vibrancy that stems from the country’s numerous and virtually unexplored sites for some adventure recreations like sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain trekking, rock climbing, canopy walking, bird watching, spelunking, and snorkeling . . . . read

Coconut diesel energizes Tablas Power PlantIsland-based Romtron Biodiesel, a pioneering brand of Coco Methyl Ester (CME) produced by St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative supplies 5% CME blend to the NPC plant’s six diesel engines and two other units, that’s according to Tablas DPP supervisor Engr. Efren Reyes.. . . . read

DOST-ZDN provincial gov't spice up local coconut vinegarBUSINESS PROSPECTS Of a coconut vinegar maker in Dapitan City is expected to sizzle following a joint support pledge between the Department of Science and Technology--Regional Office IX and the Provincial Government of Zamboanga Del Norte--Technology and Livelihood Center . . . . read

Experts plot strategic plan to raise competitiveness of RP's furnitureNinety-eight percent of an estimated 15,000 mostly small and medium scale local furniture companies form the industry and provide direct employment to 481,500 workers and 300,000 sub-contractors. Only two percent of these establishments are considered large companies. SMEs dominate the 2,500 furniture exporters . . . . . read
Agricultural education outreach improves village lifeStrategies under AEOP include the conduct of barangay development laboratory, creation of people’s organization or cooperatives, and training to promote potential agriculturalcommodity projects among others. In BDL, an agricultural institution fosters one or several villages to establish entrepreneurial projects . . . . read

DOST IX testing equipment upgrade perks up Zambo's fishmeal sectorZamboanga’s thriving fish canning industry is expected to achieve improved cash flow following an agreement between the city government led by Mayor Celso L. Lobregat, and the Department of Science and Technology—Regional Office IX to jointly implement the project called “Enhancing Laboratory Support Services . . . . read

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