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Proprietors of JRED Food Processing, Mr and Mrs. Saguinhon from Malitbog receiving the sticker labels at DOST Bukidnon office

Packaging and labeling are keys when it comes to product marketing. Labeling, in particular, helps the product stand out in the market and aids the consumers to identify the products as well as their benefits.

In Bukidnon, business activities highly boost the economy by providing employment and investment opportunities. However, most products were non-compliant with the required packaging and labeling mandated by the country.

With a thorough assessment of the MSMEs' needs for product label enhancement, DOST-Bukidnon partnered with the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) in providing improved sticker product labels among five (5) MSMEs in Bukidnon.

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DOST Bukidnon in partnership with City Agriculture office grants an automated packaging machine to DAMAUDARC through CEST

According to a published report from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Bukidnon shared the largest farms in region 10. It has 120 thousand farms that utilized 322.8 thousand hectares of land for agriculture: the largest among the provinces.

With this, the province is called the Land of the Bounty. Predominantly planted with vegetables and pineapples, new industries are rising, such as Coffee, Cacao, Bamboo, and Dairy. Some of these are already starting anew in the international community.

The Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon aims to create harmony and convergence between Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) and Agriculture to bring more bounty, increase productivity and efficiency, and create more employment and investment opportunities in the province. DOST continuously supports the Agriculture sector by providing various technical interventions. Cacao and dairy small-scale farmers are among the recent recipients of DOST interventions through its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.

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Turn-over of Project Funds to LGU Opol through Mayor Seno by DOST-Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Junelyn-Louvena B. Ruiz for the two (2) CEST Projects under Livelihood and Health and Nutrition components

The Local Government Unit of Opol received a total of 1.145 million project funds from the DOST-X Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program as the agency's support to provide science and technology intervention to the municipality.

Barangay Cauyonan is one of the geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas within Opol City. Indigenous people living in the area have limited access to quality healthcare services. This limitation increased the risk of malnutrition and stunting growth among their children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

Similarly, their livelihood opportunities are also scarce. Poverty is highly prevalent since most residents rely on the marginal farming activity as their source of income.

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Check Turn-over for the MISOCC-FIC Project with the NMSCST Board of Directors

Tangub City - The Department of Science and Technology - Misamis Occidental turned over a check amounting to P1.9M to the Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology (NMSCST) on January 14, 2021, for scaling up food innovation within the city.

The project entitled, “MSMEs Improved Services and Operations for Competitive Communities thru Food Innovation Convergence (MISOCC-FIC)", aims to capacitate NMSCST in its goal to aid MSMEs to innovate their food products for enhanced market competitiveness.

NMSCST has been the pioneering Higher Education Institute (HEI) in the province that engages in food innovation and research.

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Turn-over of STARBOOKS units and pods to DEPED Division Office, Tubod, Lanao del Norte

Four (4) schools in Lanao del Norte received STARBOOKS units and pods on January 21, 2021, from the Department of Science and Technology - Lanao del Norte office.

Sultan Naga Dimaporo Memorial Integrated School-High School (SNDMIS-HS), Andres Bersales Sr. National High School (ABS NHS), Sultan Naga Dimaporo Memorial Integrated School-Elementary School(SNDMIS-ES), and Miguela Pogoy Memorial Elementary School compose the four academic institutions that recently acquired the digitized library.

The Local Government Unit of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, under the leadership of Municipal Mayor Motalib M. Dimaporo, partnered with DOST-Lanao del Norte to realize the installation of STARBOOKS corners within each of the schools.
STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS is the Philippines' first-ever digital science and technology library.