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MAO Vima M. Bolanio, PSTD Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon, Hon. Mayor Rosario K. Balais, RIC-Malibacsan Vice Pres. Inda M. Samorano, and RIC-Malibacsan Treasurer Irsildes G. Tripoli

Misamis Occidental- Adapting to the “new normal” amidst COVID19 pandemic is now a trend particularly for entrepreneurs whether on a micro or large scale.

The Department of Science and Technology-10 thru its Provincial S&T Center Misamis Occidental took part in putting ideas into realization leveraging Science and Technology as the Rural Improvement Club Malibacsan Inc. composed of women members in Jimenez Misamis Occidental embraces the “new normal”.

On July 15, 2020, DOST-10 PSTC Misamis Occidental turned over a check amounting to Three Hundred Forty-Five Thousand and Two Hundred Pesos (Php345,200.00) to the RIC-Malibacsan thru the Local Government Unit of Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. The assistance is for the implementation of project entitled Technology Upgrading Relating to Manufacturing Efficiency for Rural Improvement Club-Malibacsan Inc. (TURMERIC-Malibacsan) Project.

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DOST-Misamis Oriental turnovers project fund to LGU Balingasag headed by Mayor Quina, with representatives from World Vision Philippines in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

The Department of Science and Technology – X continues to assist LGUs and its constituents in this time of pandemic through the Local Grants in Aid- Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (LGIA-CEST) program.

On July 13, 2020, LGU Gitagum headed by Hon. Mayor Emmanuel S. Mugot received a project fund of Three Hundred Ninety-Nine Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Pesos (Php399,750.00) for the project entitled “Tree Nursery Project and Provision of Solar Water Pump for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation in Gitagum, Misamis Oriental-D2". This CEST project aims to use tree cultivation as a way to protect the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change, and as a potential source of income to the farmers in Gitagum. The beneficiary of this project is the Upper Matangad Farmer’s Association of the said municipality.

“DOST-SEI Scholars are the Patriot Scholars for the Nation!”

A total of thirty-six (36) ongoing and graduate scholars of the Department of Science and Technology in Region 10 exemplified the above tagline; serving as community volunteers in a vigorous effort to help the country to “Heal as One.”

Majority of these scholars from BSU, CMU, CU, CPSC, USTP, XU, and MSU-IIT aided their local communities in relief operations, specifically on repacking and distribution of food packs and disinfectants to the local residents. A group of scholars from USTP-CDO, who are stranded in their boarding houses due to the pandemic, involved themselves in the production of alcohols, face masks, and face shields. Others also volunteered as quarantine pass checkers, data validators and encoders for the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program, and as members of the Brgy. Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT).

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Screen capture of the DOST-X Halal Webinar on June 23, 2020

“I learned to respect and give due consideration to others especially our Muslim brethren. If given the privilege, I would apply for the Halal Certification and be certified by the Region. I appreciate now the religious background of Halal Food”, answered Sir Filemon Jutba II when asked what was his takeaway from the webinar.

Sir Felimon is one of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector who joined the DOST-10's Halal Awareness Webinar on June 23, 2020, at 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM via Google Meet. The event was attended by over 50 participants mostly DOST-assisted MSMEs belonging to the food processing sector from the different provinces of Northern Mindanao.

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Screen capture of the speakers and participants of the Food Safety Webinar hosted through Google Meet

The Department of Science and Technology-X recently conducted a Food Safety Awareness Webinar to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Northern Mindanao on July 10, 2020.

Fifty-four participants coming from different parts in Northern Mindanao attended the webinar through the Google Meet Online Platform from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN.

The webinar's primary objective is to earn and strengthen consumer trust in Food Safety amidst the pandemic.

“It gives consumers the confidence to buy foods sold in the market when they know that the manufacturers are knowledgeable in Food Safety.”, said Ms. Stephanie Y. Ibarra, DOST-X Food Safety Secretary, as she stressed the importance of the webinar in these current times.