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Mr. John Michael Sabanal and his vending cart

The Department of Science and Technology regional office 10 turned over solar-powered vending carts to six food vendors on January 7, 2021, at the Office for Senior Citizen Affairs, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

The project "Build Back Better Vending Carts" is in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. The City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) office screened the recipients from among the long list of food vendors all around the city. The screening included background checks, good standing records, on-site visits, and interviews.

"Daghan jud kaau ni sila nga mga vendors diri sa atong syudad. Mao na medyo kuti jud atong pag sala ani sa ila. (We have a long list of vendors in the city that is why the screening of the recipients was very crucial)", said Ms. Maria Dorotea E. Elpa of CSWD region 10.

The prototype Build Back Better Vending Cart has solar power generated with a capacity of 100 watts that can power a lightbulb, fan, and charge phones. It has a built-in sink with a portable faucet connected separately to the storage of clean and wastewater. It is enclosed with a 3-sided acrylic barrier to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, has blinking lights and horns for safety purposes, comes with a glass food display, gas tank with stove, trash bins, a stainless steel tabletop, and a Food Safety Guide Infographic material.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno graced the event as well as key personnel from DOST 10.

"We have two goals for this project. One is to make it visible that science is really for the people, thus the solar-powered vending carts for our food vendors. The other is an improved livelihood for them.”, said DOST 10 Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban.

The six recipients of the vending carts were Mr. Rogelio Olaguer, Ms. Jessica Hisoler, Ms. Angela Balos, Mr. John Michael Sabanal, Ms. Cristita Burston, and Mr. Norman Presillas.

"Dako kau ni na tabang sa amoa labaw na sa pandemic aron makatabang pagpa eskwela sa among mga anak (This will help us alot in financing for our children's education, especially in this time of pandemic)", said Ms. Cristita E. Burston, one of the cart recipients.

Mayor Moreno also mentioned the possibility of assigning the vendors to suitable and permanent selling areas in the city. (Julie Anne Baculio, DOST 10)