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AFAI members pose with DOST representative and their newly extracted citronella oil after the installation and training.

To provide additional source of income to 25 Higaunon farmers and their families in Sitio Impahanong, the Department of Science and Technology realizes a citronella facility in the area. In partnership with the Local Government Unit, the farmers are expected to earn additional income during full operation of the facility in November this year.

Currently, the farmers own and manage a ten-hectare citronella plantation. The newly installed Citronella Oil Processing through Hydrosteam Distillation will be an alternative upland Livelihood for the members of Agtimaloy Farmers Association Inc. (AFAI).


Seated from left, Iligan City Mayor, Hon. Frederick W. Siao, Malaybalay CEEDMO Designate, Mr. Romeo R. Lapiceros Jr., Cagayan de Oro City Councilor, Ian Mark Nacaya, Officer-in-Charge, DOST X and DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Usec. Sancho A. Mabborang, Oroquieta City Mayor, Hon. Lemuel Meyrick M. Acosta, and Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental Municipal Mayor, Hon. Charlie B. Buhisan during the signing of the MOUs. Behind them are PSTDs of DOST 10 and other stakeholders.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Among the highlights of the recently concluded National Science and Technology Week sa Amihanang Mindanao is the sealing of the DOST’s partnership with the first five mayors who expressed interest in building smart and sustainable cities and communities in the region on October 25 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will pave the way for a vibrant partnership of DOST-10 with the LGUs and other stakeholders in outlining projects that will address the challenges of the urban and regional life of communities through harnessing science, technology, and innovation. 


From the left to right: Jason Menaling (the successor of the Pulangiyen tribal Leader), Liza San Mateo (APC Operations Head), Atty. Anna Marie Bergado (Malaybalay City Administrator), Ritchie Mae L. Guno (PSTD-Bukidnon), Rosie T. Dumas (City Treasurer), Renato Sumbongan (IPMR), and Carlito Juarez (City Accountant) during the ceremonial turnover of the project.

To empower 20 Indigenous People (IP) women in upper Pulangi area of Bukidnon thru the provision of livelihood opportunities, DOST-X turned over a grant-in-aid fund amounting to Php 943,335.16 to the Local Government Unit of Malaybalay City on August 9, 2022.

The DOST-Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) project aims to acquire a Hydro Steam Distillation Technology to benefit 20 women from the Pulangiyen Tribe to harvest oils from citronella grasses and sell them to both local and international costumers.

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Photo Opportunity with DOST-X, Food and Drug Administration, and Mama Jita herself Ms.Julieta B. Dela Cerna

Mama Jita’s Food Products, owned by Mrs. Julieta Butalid – Dela Cerna and situated in Maslog, Brgy. Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin, recently acquired its License to Operate (LTO) certification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 23, 2022.

With the help of the Department of Science and Technology - Camiguin, the firm received the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) assistance amounting to Php 505,000.00 for the technology upgrading of their tablea production.

True to the program objectives, Mama Jita's Food Products passed the FDA-LTO certification by having a standardized production process and a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)-compliant facility.

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DOST Misamis Oriental team headed by Provincial Director Engr. Junelyn Louvena Ruiz with Bestfriend Goodies owner, Ms. Nenita Tan at the processing facility of BFG, during a project visit.

Bestfriend Goodies is an acclaimed local pasalubong producer in Cagayan de Oro City. The firm has started growing and innovating since 2017 when it first sought the technologies and technical assistance of the Department of Science and Technology through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Among the firm’s most notable accomplishments is its success in the adoption and commercialization of various technologies, both national and local, to expand its line of products. Bestfriend Goodies is a licensee of the DOST Food Nutrition Research Institute for Enhanced Nutribun. BFG has also forged a technology licensing agreement with DOST Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) on Ready to Eat (RTE) Arroz Caldo and with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines on four RTE food products: mixed fruit with coconut milk, sweet chocolate rice porridge in a pouch, chicken soup with coconut milk, and mung bean-based food with coconut milk.

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