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Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) are key drivers in sustainable development. This year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-10) Regional Office will hold the first-ever virtual celebration of National Science & Technology Week sa Amihanang Mindanao from November 23-27, 2020.

With the theme “Agham at Technolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan”, DOST-10 will showcase various significant scientific and technological endeavor. Among the anticipated activities during the celebration are the virtual exhibits of the latest technology with contribution to national development. Virtual fora and webinars related to livelihood and business, human resource development, health, and disaster preparedness will be via Zoom application but with limited slots. Interactive Facebook and Youtube live streaming will also be available for interested participants that could not be accommodated in the Zoom application.

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Sample of a BEFORE and AFTER product development and design

This year has presented enormous challenges to food businesses across the world. Set against a backdrop of unprecedented economic pressures and consumer safety issues due to the pandemic, it is imperative to keep abreast of the increasing sophistication in packaging to sustain the economic distribution of all products. Labeling, particularly of food products, is a very important and useful source of information, primarily to educate consumers on nutrition facts.

In addition, 70 percent of buying decisions are made in-store, so product packaging and labeling should entice customers to buy their products at the first notice of the quality of content.

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Ms. Geraldine Ridad pitching her research study entitled, “Project DiabEHT: An Approach to Improve Self-care Management of Diabetes” during the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition

The Department of Science and Technology–Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) conducted the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition on August 14, 2020, which highlights the importance of translating research findings into policy.

Ms. Geraldine S. Ridad of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology represented Region 10 with her research study entitled, “Project DiabEHT: An Approach to Improve Self-care Management of Diabetes”.

Ms. Ridad's research aimed to increase a diabetic patient’s confidence in managing his/her diabetes. It has three components, namely, (1) weekly support group activities and lecture series on diabetes, (2) installation and use of the DiabEHT mobile app, and (3) installation of "diabooth" in a health center.

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Mayor Jun Capistrano together with other officials of LGU Salay received the Face Shields from DOST

With the emerging COVID-19 cases in the region, the Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Oriental (DOST-Misamis Oriental) heed on the dire need for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help protect the front liners in the province. DOST-Misamis Oriental has just completed the distribution of 1,520 face shields to all the 25 local government units in Misamis Oriental. This covers 10 municipalities and one (1) component city in District 1, as well as 13 municipalities and one (1) component city in District 2 on July 2020.

The beneficiaries expressed great gratitude upon receiving the face shields.

“Mayor Jun Capistrano was so happy with these face shields especially now that there are local transmission cases. These will go a long way to protect us here.”, Ms. Emma Baluyos, Budget Officer of LGU Salay, said.

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Trainers and participants pose for picture during the last day of training on Basic Research Methods

Junior researchers from the higher education institution members of the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) received online training and mentoring workshop from the consortium’s very own trainers.

The training on Basic Research Methods focuses on enhancing the capacities of young researchers in producing quality health research proposals for possible funding by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). Twenty researchers who were able to identify 10 health research problems including COVID-19 related researchers attended the training on July 13-17, 2020.

Workshop on Research Proposal Development followed the BRM training on August 18-20, 2020. Fourteen (14) out of 20 participants proceeded to the mentoring workshop and developed eight (8) research studies. The participants then refined these studies into full-blown health research proposals.