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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.

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Mr. Carlo A. Ramos, an OFW from Opol, Misamis Oriental, is the first recipient of the Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) assistance from DOST 10. The ceremonial online turnover of the project fund was held on January 21, 2022, together with nine Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) beneficiaries in the region.

Mr. Ramos’s company, the Ramos Fabrication and Steel Works Services, specializes in window casement, trusses and roofing, window grills and standee, railings, and gates.

The Covid-19 pandemic will not stop the Department of Science and Technology Region-10 from celebrating the 2021 National Science and Technology Week by reverberating the 2020 first ever virtual celebration of S&T Week of DOST.

Even with people movement restriction due to different community quarantine classification, Filipinos particularly from Region 10 can still view and learn the different S&T endeavors of DOST through various online platforms. This year, the Department of Science and Technology Region-10 will hold its second virtual celebration of the National Science & Technology Week sa Amihanang Mindanao from October 26-28, 2021.

With the theme “ Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”, DOST 10 will showcase various significant scientific and technological endeavor. Among the anticipated activities during the celebration are the virtual S&T exhibits of the latest technology with contribution to national development. Virtual fora and webinars on livelihood and business, human resource development, health, the get-to-know the Hydrometeorological and Geological Hazard, among others 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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Provincial S&T Director, Ms. Ritchie Mae L. Guno, discussing to students the content of STARBOOKS during its Turnover Ceremony June 30, 2021

Bringing Science and Technology to Indigenous People (IP) youths, the Department of Science and Technology -X provided one (1) complete set and held an orientation and training on the installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), a digital library in a box, to Luyungan High School through Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program of Provincial S&T Center in Bukidnon.

STARBOOKS is the first stand-alone Philippine digital science library that can be accessed by students and teachers without using an internet connection. It is a user friendly standalone repositories for thousands of digitized science and technology resources and livelihood information placed in specially designed pods that can be operated without internet connection. As of August 2021, DOST-X has installed 58 STARBOOKS in Bukidnon and 220 STARBOOKS in Northern Mindanao.

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Mr. John Michael Sabanal and his vending cart

The Department of Science and Technology regional office 10 turned over solar-powered vending carts to six food vendors on January 7, 2021, at the Office for Senior Citizen Affairs, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

The project "Build Back Better Vending Carts" is in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. The City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) office screened the recipients from among the long list of food vendors all around the city. The screening included background checks, good standing records, on-site visits, and interviews.

"Daghan jud kaau ni sila nga mga vendors diri sa atong syudad. Mao na medyo kuti jud atong pag sala ani sa ila. (We have a long list of vendors in the city that is why the screening of the recipients was very crucial)", said Ms. Maria Dorotea E. Elpa of CSWD region 10.