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Online turn-over of the Php 2 Million check to the Food Research and Development Center of the Central Mindanao University

With the advent of the new normal, innovations in food production have become an integral part of the food industry to attain food resiliency and security. These innovations are the priority areas of the research and development (R&D) agenda, particularly in the Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies of the region.

In response, the Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) recently funded a research proposal from the Central Mindanao University entitled, “Spray Drying of Fruit Vegetable Juice Blends from Abundant and Underutilized Food Crops in Bukidnon,” which amounts to more than Php 2 Million.

The Food Research and Development Center of the Central Mindanao University had recently developed nutritious juices from abundant and underutilized fruits and vegetables in Bukidnon.

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On the right side are Mr.&Mrs.Efren Rapallo, Owner of Jea Natural Coffee, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. On the left side are DOST-Misamis Occidental staff, Provincial Director Eufresnie Ann Simbajon and Ms. Rogelyn Calago

The willingness to comply and the flexibility to accept change are the winning gauges of Jea Natural Coffee.

Jea Natural Coffee from Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, has been producing roasted ground corn beverages for more than five years. It has been manufacturing its product using improvised roasting and grinding machines.

However, in 2020, it was as if a steaming, brewed cup of corn beverage was poured unto them when news came in that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tagged their product as "Unregistered" at the FDA website. Hence, an advisory to the public prohibiting purchase was published.

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Mr. Yukihiro Ishibashi discusses future projects with provincial government agencies during the project monitoring visit at the sericulture site in Sitio Saguing, Brgy. Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental on 19 March 2021

Japanese National, Mr. Yukihiro Ishibashi, Resident Representative of OISCA (Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement) International, has gladly expressed his satisfaction with the sericulture rearing houses in Misamis Oriental. He recently visited two sericulture project sites in Sitio Saguing, Barangay Patag, Opol, and Barangay Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City.

OISCA is an international organization based in Japan committed and dedicated to promoting international cooperation. Among its program is on sericulture industry development in the Philippines. It funded the construction of a silkworm rearing house in Barangay Patag.

Misamis Oriental is among the seven beneficiary provinces of skills training and other assistance for sericulture operations. The other provinces were Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Aklan, Iloilo, Antique, and Negros Occidental. The aim is to develop model sericulture farmers with abilities to produce high-quality cocoons at a faster pace.

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Screen captures of the SafeFood Byte Mobile Application

The Department of Science and Technology-10 launched the SafeFood Byte mobile application on May 17, 2021, at the New Dawn Hotel Plus, Cagayan de Oro City.

The SafeFood Byte is a reporting system to monitor and promote food safety from the farm to the consumers. It installs a mechanism for rapid resolution of issues and concerns that will also catalyze a food safety culture in Northern Mindanao. The app was made possible with the authorities and functions of the Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board in Region 10 (FSRCB-X).

The app gives the consumers an easy way to report inconsistencies and external hazards on the food they consume. Through the mobile application, consumers can take a photo of the alleged unsafe food and report it online. The agency will filter the submitted reports and classify them according to severity.

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Mr. Excelise shows his acquired fishing gear which doubled his monthly income.

The Dampias Fisherfolks Association (DAFIAS) of Binuangan Misamis Oriental gained more income through the science and technology interventions from the Department of Science and Technology- Region 10.

“Sa wala pay nets, tagagmay ra [ang kita] kay dili man mi makapanagat kung walay net. Karon naay gabii, muhalin mi ug tag 1,500 pesos. 1,200-1,300 pesos ang hinlo. Sa isa ka bulan mga 12,000 to 15,000 pesos ang income. Dako2 gyud natabang. (Before, we can only earn a little since we have no nets, and we cannot go fishing without them. Now, we can reach Php 1,500 sales a night with a net income of Php 1,200 to 1,300. Overall, we earn Php 12,000-15,000 a month. The project is a big help.)," said Mr. Cesar Excelise, member of DAFIAS, as he expressed his gratitude to DOST for the livelihood support granted to their association.