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Mambajao-Bureau of Fire Protection received 30 pieces through Municipal Fire Marshal SINSP Policarpio B. Bacolcol Jr.

The Department of Science & Technology continues to provide Science & Technology interventions for every Filipino in response to COVID-19. The DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) is pooling its resources, technology, and ingenuity to support our front liners through the mass production and distribution of face shields.

Amesh Adalja, M.D., a pandemic preparedness expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says: “With a mask, you may find yourself constantly adjusting it and therefore touching your face and possibly transferring the virus from your hands, but wearing a shield doesn't really put you in a position where you're touching your face so much after touching an infected surface, because it's not as cumbersome to wear.”

Another significant benefit of face shields is its reusability. Unlike disposable masks, face shields can be sterilized before and after each use to avoid contamination.

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USTP Pres. Ambrosio B. Cultura II and RD Alamban signs the MOA

The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) enters into a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Science and Technology of the Philippines (USTP) CDO campus and DOST - Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) for the establishment of the Metals and Engineering Innovation Center (MEIC) in Region X. The ceremonial MOA signing was at USTP – Claveria in celebration of the USTP’s Fourth Charter Day Celebration on August 13, 2020.

The USTP-MEIC is a project of DOST-MIRDC to initially establish Metals and Engineering Innovation Centers in five (5) regions across the country. The project aims to develop a strong partnership between DOST and regional academic institutions to promote innovation culture and strengthen both parties' capacity and capability in the field of metalworking. All these objectives are to enhance the competitive advantage of the Metals and Engineering (M&E) Industries in the regions.

The Innovation Center will soon initially hub various tools and equipment from DOST-MIRDC amounting to at least Seven Million Pesos. DOST-X also initially committed Two Million Pesos as funding assistance for the said center.

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Mayor Oscar S. Moreno leads the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-hired teachers of DepEd-CDO

Cagayan de Oro City – Thirty-two (32) DOST-SEI Scholar-Graduates took oath as Special Science Teachers I of the Department of Education – Cagayan de Oro City Division, during the Oath-taking Ceremony on August 7, 2020, at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall.

The newly-hired teachers were recipients of the DOST-SEI Junior Level Science Scholarship Program RA 10612 or the Fast-tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013, an act expanding the coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and strengthening the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary schools. These scholars are required to teach in senior high schools upon graduation for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.

Dr. Cherry Mae L. Limbaco, DepEd-CDO Schools Division Superintendent, welcomed and challenged the new members of the education sector to adapt to the new norm of distance learning. Teachers must relate and interact with the parents to effectively educate the students despite the challenges of the pandemic.

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Photo taken during the fund turnover at Malaybalay City Hall. In the photo (L-R): Provincial Science and Technology Director V. M. Fuertes, City administrator Mr. Herculano Ronolo, City Treasurer Ms. Rosie T. Dumas, and Executive Assistant of the Mayor Mr. Brian Flores.

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Department of Science and Technology - Bukidnon, in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Malaybalay, rolled out twelve newly approved grant-in-aid projects amounting to Php 4.8 Million in the city under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program on July 15, 2020.

CEST is a DOST program especially and specifically dedicated to alleviating poverty through the provision of appropriate S&T interventions in the following entry points: Economic Development, Health and Nutrition, Disaster Risk Reduction & Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Human Resource Development, and Environmental Protection.

Interventions include the provision of an additional One (1) Ton Bioreactor and Charcoal Briquette Equipment for Solid Waste Management; Complementary Feeding to Malnourished Children in various barangays; Provision of STARBOOKS (digitized library) and DRRM kits to selected high schools; and Establishment of Processing Facilities for Marginalized Cacao Growers, Adlai Farmers, Dairy Processors, and Hearing-impaired Students and Alumni.

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Misamis Occidental - As the community quarantine period repeatedly extended, the COVID-19 frontliners became more in need of Personal Protective Equipment such as face masks and face shields.

In response to this, the Department of Science and Technology - Misamis Occidental distributed 50 pieces of Face Shields to LGU-Sapang Dalaga, and another 50 pieces of the same PPE to Calamba District Hospital on August 3, 2020.

LGU-Sapang Dalaga serves as the border entrance to the province when coming from Zamboanga del Norte.

The agency distributed a total of 266 pieces of Face Shields to different offices in the province. LGU-Clarin received 30 pieces, LGU-Bonifacio received 50 pieces, Dona Maria D. Tan Hospital in Tangub City received 86 pieces, and Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center in Ozamiz City received 100 pieces.