Sample bamboo crafts made by rebel returnees in Sikyop
DOST - Lanao del Norte and the Innovation thru Leveraging Industry, Government, Academe Networks and inclusive Community Engagements (ILIGANiCE) team conducted a site inspection at Sikyop, Sitio Lawlawon, Barangay Rogongon, Iligan City on January 14, 2022, to identify possible science and technology interventions for the development of the area.
Barangay Rogongon is the largest hinterland barangay of Iligan City in land area and serves as a border between Lanao del Norte and its neighboring provinces: Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Lanao del Sur. It is an identified CAPDev (Convergence Areas for Peace and Development) Area of Iligan City due to the insurgent activities of the New Peoples Army (NPA) that hindered peace and poverty alleviation among the Higaonon Tribe and other Indigenous People. The barangay is also a Geographically-Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) being at least 40 km from the city proper.
The team for ILIGANiCE, a program funded by DOST 10 and implemented by MSU-IIT, initiated the planning meeting and site inspection with Sikyop Agriculture Cooperative to explore options for collaboration and initially assess the technology needs of the community.
Arising from the meeting, the identified potential areas for innovation include the Tanglad Juice Production and Taro Processing of Sikyop Agriculture Cooperative, the Bamboo Handicrafts of NPA surrenderers, and the Agricultural Tourism within the area.
All parties involved in the project will conduct further planning activities and technology-needs assessments to refine the S&T interventions for the barangay. (Dorina Marie Ytang, DOST-Lanao del Norte)