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Check turn-over of the sci-tech project fund to LGU-Talakag

DOST-Bukidnon, under its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program, recently granted 2.8M science and technology project funds to the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas in Talakag, Bukidnon.

The agency will implement a total of six projects that include various science and technology interventions. DOST-Bukidnon will distribute Ceramic Water Filters to communities that lack drinking water, install two Automatic Rain Gauges to flood-prone areas, and provide a Plastic Densifier and Shredder for better solid waste management.

The project also includes six Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS) units to the community. STARBOOKS is a stand-alone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots.

The roll-out of the Malnutrition Reduction Program (MRP) is within the funding. Through the MRP, undernourished children ages 6-59 months will consume Bigas-Monggos (Big-Mo) for 120 days. Big-Mo is a food technology developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). It contains 130 Kcal (energy) and four grams of protein per 30 grams serving portion - enough to meet the 18 % of recommended energy and 28.6 % of recommended protein intake for 6-month to less than 59-month old children.

A group of marginalized coffee farmers in the Miarayon area will also receive a complete set of food-grade equipment, training, and assistance to acquire a License to Operate from the Food and Drug Administration.

Another set of projects are to be turned over to LGU-Talakag by the end of the 2nd quarter for more S&T interventions for the IPs, women, children, and farmers.

The DOST-CEST program dedicated to ending poverty, especially to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantages Areas (GIDA) and identified conflict-driven areas through five key entry points: Health, Human Resource Development, Economic Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, and Environmental Protection.

For more information about CEST and DOST programs, one may visit the DOST-Bukidnon office at Vicente Neri St., Malaybalay City (with app R code), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 088-813-5463, 09564068669. (Nova Belle Calotes/DOST-Bukidnon)