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Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Science and Technology region 10 recently evaluated the efficiency of a local invention made to disinfect Face Masks in June 2020.

Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, CEO of Parasat Cable TV and inventor, developed the Parazapp UV Disinfection Cabinet. It is a portable and low-cost disinfecting equipment that is composed of locally-available materials such as Stainless Steel Cabinet, Timer System, and UV-C Germicidal Lamps.

Engr. Paras collaborated with DOST-X through the latter’s Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories (RSTL) for the initial evaluation of the germicidal properties and initial determination of the optimal exposure time for the Parazapp.

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MPEX Virtual Consultation with FREN’s Autoparts

Adapting to the “new normal” amidst COVID-19, the Department of Science and Technology-X (DOST-X) is set to conduct the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) through Virtual Consultation to twenty-five (25) selected firms in the Region for the whole month of June.

MPEX involves the deployment of industry experts, productivity specialists, and other technical experts to assist Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector. These consultants provide recommendations for improvement of the firms’ overall operations to achieve higher productivity.

The MPEX technical consultants and experts who mainly come from the academe and private sectors were accredited by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Subject Matter Specialist Program.

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Screen capture of the webinar with Mr. Jeff Cope live on Facebook.

The Department of Science and Technology region office 10, in partnership with DOST Office of the Undersecretary and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted its first successful webinar entitled “Understanding Consumer Behavior Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Trends and Pivots” for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on June 5, 2020.

Mr. Jeff Cope, Strategy and Innovation Director of RTI Innovation Advisors, graced the two-hour webinar through the Google Meet online platform.

RTI Innovation Advisors helps clients run insights into new products, services, and technologies that have meaningful human and business impact. Its mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice and leveraging science for the global good.

The webinar was attended by more than 230 participants mostly MSMEs through Google Meet and more than 100 thru Facebook live.

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Handmade paper from Abaca Fiber and Abaca-made Face Mask samples.

Cagayan de Oro City - The Department of Science and Technology-X (DOST-X) has formed different response teams and implemented different S&T initiatives to assist government and non-government agencies in combatting the health crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the agency's COVID-19 response initiatives is the evaluation of materials for possible alternatives in making home-made face masks.

Due to insistent requests, DOST-X accepted different kinds of cloths and face masks made from different materials submitted by local suppliers in the city since April 2020. The agency evaluated the samples according to available resources and literature.

One of the materials evaluated by the DOST-X through its Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories (RSTL) are abaca-made face masks from Salay Handmade Products Industries, Inc. (SHPII). SHPII is a proponent of the DOST flagship program called the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

RSTL used Microscopy to evaluate fiber structures and measure pore sizes, and evaluated the material's water repellency and absorbency through simple Water Drop Tests and Laboratory-Modified Water Drop Tests, respectively.

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Infographic of the webinar on “Understanding Consumer Behavior Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Trends and Pivots”

To guide MSMEs in moving on with their businesses despite the COVIC-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology region office 10, in partnership with DOST Office of the

Undersecretary for Regional Operations, the OROBEST Innovation Program, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) thru the STRIDE program hosted its first national webinar entitled “Understanding Consumer Behavior Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Trends and Pivots” for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on June 5, 2020.

The webinar was a huge success. “We are very glad that our participants come from every part of the country.”, said DOST-X Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban. More than 230 MSMEs from all regions in the country participated, plus more than 2000 viewers watched thru Facebook Live Stream.