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Turnover of project fund to DepEd Lanao del Norte Divission Office attended by (from left to right) Ms. Rasmila M. Cosain-SEPS, Dr. Fatimah Asum-PSDS, Dr. Maria Eva Edon-Chief, CID, Edilberto L. Oplenaria, CESO V-SDS, Dr. Rosemarie T. Macesar-ASDS, Armando B. Pasok-AO V, Dr. Maria Carmela T. Ablin-Chief SGOD, and Dr. Belen Bastillada-EPS-Science

The Department of Science and Technology-Lanao del Norte turned over science and technology assistance amounting to Php 397,520.00 through the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program to the Department of Education-Lanao del Norte Division Office on August 13, 2021.

The fund will be for the procurement and installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) to eight elementary and secondary schools in four municipalities under the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) Program in Lanao del Norte - District I.

STARBOOKS is a DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) developed technology that contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and audio/video) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface. It is a standalone information kiosk; hence, information access is possible even without an internet connection.

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The Department of Science and Technology – X (DOST-X) will host the Mindanao Cluster Symposium of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) 70th Annual Convention on September 09, 2021, 2:00 in the afternoon.

The Mindanao Cluster Symposium will serve as a venue to discuss topics revolving around the convention’s theme, “Enhancing Response to Current and Future Pandemics through Science Technology, and Innovation”. DOST 10 invited speakers to talk about business recovery, mathematical modelling for Covid-19 predictions, and higher education in the new normal.

Mr. Ruben Vegafria, president of Oro Chamber of Commerce, will share about the program called OROBEST: Business Recovery Innovation for Development and Growth of Enterprises and how it helps Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) during the pandemic.

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Mr. Joseph Khio, proponent of Joshephus Boneless Lechon Belly, sharing his words of gratitude to DOST

Seven enterprises in Misamis Oriental received more than P9-M worth of technology innovation fund (iFund) under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during an online ceremonial turn-over on July 13, 2021.

SETUP is a flagship program of DOST mandated to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their productivity. Through a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), each firm received the iFund to upgrade their equipment, acquire technologies to address their production gaps, and improve product quality.

Out of the seven, two firms are from the metals and engineering sector, namely, Catian Industrial Sale and Grecanz Trading and Engineering Services. Three are from the food industry sector consisting of J&P Bakery, Josephus Boneless Lechon Belly, and Tyco Inc. The remaining, Marcommax Enterprises and Legacy Sales and Printing Press, are from the manufacturing industries.

The Department of Science and Technology-10 simultaneously turned over the funds for the newly approved projects under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program last July 15, 2021, via Zoom.

Among the recipients is Sinacaban, a 5th class municipality in Misamis Occidental.

Under the CEST Program, the Local Government Unit of Sinacaban received science and technology assistance amounting to P625,410.00 for its two active Public Organizations (PO), namely the San Lorenzo Ruiz Subanen Farmers Organization, Inc. (SALORUSFAO) and Rural Improvement Club of Colupan Bajo (RICCOL).

Beneficiaries for the SALORUSFAO are Subanen farmers engaging in abaca fiber processing using the traditional method. For years, members of the organization have been producing abaca fiber through the hand stripping manual method.

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DOST Bukidnon turnovers the Charcoal Briquetting Technology of DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) to the Malaybalay City Federation of Local Councils of Women’s Incorporated (MCFLCW) - a Bukidnon-Tagolwanen Indigenous People Women’s Association of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon (DOST-Bukidnon) grants DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute's (DOST-FPRDI's) Charcoal Briquetting Technology to the Malaybalay City Federation of Local Councils of Women Incorporated (MCFLCW) on July 6, 2021.

MCFLCW is a federation of Bukidnon-Tagolwanen Indigenous People in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. It is operating a Central Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and a buying station for recyclable materials.

Rapid population growth in the city due to natural increases and the influx of migrants from neighboring places has caused a greater volume of waste. An average of 20,548 kg/day of wastes is brought to the city’s disposal facility daily. Most of this comes from the wastes generated by households, institutions, commercial establishments, and street sweepings. Out of the average volume, wastes from the household rank first at 52.24 %.