Three micro-enterprises from Misamis Oriental received a total of Php 2.79 million as technology funding from the Department of Science and Technology 10 (DOST 10) last April 14, during the ceremonial turnover of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) project funds conducted via Zoom conferencing.
These three firms are Folder and Goods Trading, Trunk to Gold Agribusiness Corporation, and Rite Home Modular Systems, under the Manufacturing, Food Industry, and Furniture Industry sectors, respectively.
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 funding to acquire equipment addressing their production gaps and improving product quality.
The Metals and Engineering Innovation Center (MEIC) in Region 10 successfully received and installed six (6) metals and engineering equipment for its upcoming operations to serve Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.
The recently acquired equipment are the Rolling Machine, Shearing Machine, Press Brake, TIG Welding Machine, Power Hacksaw, and Electric Chain Hoist. For delivery soon are two (2) units of Computer Workstations with CAD/CAE, Portable Plasma Cutter, and assorted Power Tools.
All these equipment are to wholly comprise the services of the MEIC in serving the metals and engineering industry in Northern Mindanao.
The Department of Science and Technology – Region 10 (DOST-10) turned over a check amounting to Php 1.3 million to the Local Government Unit of Lagonglong (LGU-Lagonglong) on April 14, 2021, via an online conference.
The fund will be used for science and technology interventions on Abaca Fiber Processing to empower the Agro Forestry Farmers Association of Sitio Kalamansi (AFFASKA), Banglay Abulan Farmers Association (BAFA), and Roa-Roa Farmers Association (ROFA).
Lagonglong has approximately 70 hectares of abaca plantation that amounts to 74,690 kilograms of fiber per year. The produce is mostly from endemic abaca within the area. However, if the farmers shift to cultivating good abaca farms and manage them well, the amount of abaca produce would eventually multiply up to four times.
The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 turned over a check amounting to 1.6 Million to the local government unit of Kinoguitan on April 14, 2021, via an online conference to empower fruit farmers in the municipality.
The agency conducted the online fund turn-over to strengthen the partnership and linkage between stakeholders and empower fourth to sixth-class communities in Misamis Oriental.
Kinoguitan is abundant in tropical fruits such as mango, jackfruit, banana, durian, and more. However, the Municipal Agriculture Office reported that 470 out of 1,253 metric tons of fruit are left unsold and wasted during peak fruiting seasons.
To intensify community disaster preparedness in the municipality, the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) turned over a check amounting to Php 209,400 to the Local Government Unit of Sinacaban (LGU-Sinacaban) on April 14, 2021 via an online conference.
Flooding has become prevalent in Sinacaban’s lowlands and coastal areas, as well as near the floodplains of its major rivers. Historical records from the past few years show that the municipality experienced the worst floods in 1999, 2008, 2010, and 2014.
The floods are usually the effect of continuous rains caused by Intertropical Convergence Zones (ITCZ) and Low-Pressure Areas (LPA). They damage several crops, livestock, fishponds, government, and private structures in the barangays.
The municipality's disaster surveillance has been insufficient due to the lack of weather monitoring devices to monitor rainfall in the area.