Three scholars, all BS Mechanical Engineering students from Negros Oriental State University – Main Campus, formed an energy audit team with DOST Negros Oriental Scholarship Coordinator Marjorie S. Bajado, and Science Research Specialist II Engr. Joel O. Legaspi. The team conducted a walk-through at the bamboo processing plant of Kawayan Collective in Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental last December 21, 2020.

Applying their academic know-how, the scholars measured important parameters using equipment such as digital anemometer, thermo-hygrometer, clamp meter, light meter, laser distance meter, infrared thermometer and digital multimeter.

Energy audit is a consultancy program of the DOST which aims to help MSMEs in improving energy efficiency and productivity, and understanding the energy consumption by conducting analysis on the energy use of the facility.

The Scholars’ volunteerism and patriotism spirits were further awakened and developed after attending the DOST-SEI’s formation program called “The Filipino Patriot Scholars Project: 2-Day Scholars’ Formation Program” in Cebu City on February 25-26, 2020.

“We always believe in our scholars and that is why we encourage them to participate with DOST’s programs and activities whenever possible as a way to develop their knowledge and skills, especially in their respective fields,” Bajado noted.

In the upcoming years, the DOST Scholars’ Association in Negros Oriental (DOST SA NegOr) foresees to conduct more doable initiatives which give impacts in their individual communities amid online learning program due to pandemic COVID-19. (Marjorie S. Bajado/ Negros Oriental PSTC S&T Media Service)

The NegOr DOST Scholars while assisting the energy assessment at Kawayan Collective.