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The Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) assisted the Typhoon Odette victims in the Caraga region through the provision of Enhanced Nutribuns and other necessities such as clothes, shoes, and canned goods in December 2021 and January 2022.

The Enhanced Nutribun (E-Nutribun) is a food technology by the Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) for supplementary feeding programs during emergencies or calamities.

"The Enhanced Nutribun has more micronutrients like iron and vitamin A. The texture is softer and weighs 160- 165 grams per piece, which is easier for children to hold and bite. Each serving of Enhanced Nutribun weighing 160-165 grams per piece, has 504 calories, 17.8 grams protein, 6.08 milligrams iron, and 244 micrograms vitamin A," said DOST-FNRI.

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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. 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.

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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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.

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