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Mr. Joseph Khio, proponent of Joshephus Boneless Lechon Belly, sharing his words of gratitude to DOST

Seven enterprises in Misamis Oriental received more than P9-M worth of technology innovation fund (iFund) under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during an online ceremonial turn-over on July 13, 2021.

SETUP is a flagship program of DOST mandated to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their productivity. Through a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), each firm received the iFund to upgrade their equipment, acquire technologies to address their production gaps, and improve product quality.

Out of the seven, two firms are from the metals and engineering sector, namely, Catian Industrial Sale and Grecanz Trading and Engineering Services. Three are from the food industry sector consisting of J&P Bakery, Josephus Boneless Lechon Belly, and Tyco Inc. The remaining, Marcommax Enterprises and Legacy Sales and Printing Press, are from the manufacturing industries.

The Department of Science and Technology-10 simultaneously turned over the funds for the newly approved projects under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program last July 15, 2021, via Zoom.

Among the recipients is Sinacaban, a 5th class municipality in Misamis Occidental.

Under the CEST Program, the Local Government Unit of Sinacaban received science and technology assistance amounting to P625,410.00 for its two active Public Organizations (PO), namely the San Lorenzo Ruiz Subanen Farmers Organization, Inc. (SALORUSFAO) and Rural Improvement Club of Colupan Bajo (RICCOL).

Beneficiaries for the SALORUSFAO are Subanen farmers engaging in abaca fiber processing using the traditional method. For years, members of the organization have been producing abaca fiber through the hand stripping manual method.

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Captures during the Basic First Aid & Emergency Response Training

Home to 16,000 inhabitants, Umayamnons and Higaunons predominantly reside in the Upper Pulangi District. Their primary problem is their lack of a communication system which contributes to their slow-paced development compared to other barangays located in more strategic areas. Smartphones are irrelevant in places like Upper Pulangi as cell site towers are intentionally limited in the area to avoid providing a signal to the rebels.

In 2021, Typhoon Pablo damaged vast agricultural land, ravaged houses, and damaged properties amounting to roughly 20M in the barangays within Upper Pulangi. The typhoon also left numerous people injured. The lack of communication caused heavy delays in the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office rescue operations. Road accidents, landslides, and other hydrometeorological hazards occur regularly in the area leaving the community, including its most vulnerable sectors, at risk.

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Turnover of DOST Check to PLGU Camiguin. (From left to right) Ms. Nice Nerjay C. Delada (DOST-Cam), Engr. Ferdinand A. Soliven (DOST-Cam), Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, and Ms. Christine S. Jardin (DOST-Cam)

The Provincial Local Government Unit of Camiguin received science and technology support through a check amounting to Php 480,000 from the Department of Science and Technology-Camiguin on June 3, 2021. This COVID-19 project is entitled: Support to Clean Camiguin COVID-19 QR Code System and its Operation Center through the adoption of S-PaSS and other Covid-related Systems.

The fund is for the acquisition of 50 mobile phones for scanning CleanCamiguinQR codes and two computer units as software servers.

CleanCamiguinQR is the official COVID-19 contact tracing software of the province. It can track an infected person's close contact up to the third level.

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Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, owner of D'Hermanos Pizza with her production workers

To fulfill their aspirations, D’Hermanos Pizza applied for the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) in 2019.

The firm was located in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and started with humble beginnings.

In 2014, using conventional and manual production equipment, the firm started baking for family and close-knitted friends in small quantities, but orders kept pouring in for their pizza. Hence, the owner, Mr. Raymond Lanzado, with his wife, Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, decided to increase its production volume to cater to orders from the locals of Tangub City and tourists.