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.

Pulangiyen Tribe is the indigenous group inhabiting the areas near Pulangi River. Currently, they are occupying the foothills of the Pantaron Range, a borderline of Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur.

Through this project, the tribe will gain livelihood opportunities in which 18 women will gain income from harvesting and 2 will be hired as regular employees in the processing of citronella oil.

DOST-X partnered with the LGU-Malaybalay and Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC), a community-based Jesuit-supported organization that sustains culture-based education in the uplands of Bukidnon, to implement and help the project to prosper for the benefit of the IP women as well as to inspire the Indigenous Community on the essence of S&T intervention. (Jenifer Pancho, DOST-Bukidnon)