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Paglaum MPC Rice distribution in Don Victoriano Mis. Occ.

Misamis Occidental- As General Community Quarantine is still implemented in Misamis Occidental where movement is limited, Misamisnon is anxious for their daily living particularly in bringing food to their table.
Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative, a Department of Science and Technology-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) Cooperator in Misamis Occidental brings hope to Misamisnon. Paglaum MPC donated and delivered sacks of Rice to each municipality and city of Misamis Occidental through the Local Government Unit.

The cooperative delivered a total of 290 sacks of rice to the fourteen municipalities of Misamis Occidental and 150 sacks of rice to the three cities of the province. On top of these, Paglaum MPC also donated rice and groceries valued at Php 253,409.00 to the Plaridel Port & motor cab drivers, PNP and Checkpoints, and other sectors.

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The Parazap, a portable Ultraviolet room disinfection unit that is electrically operated. Invented by Engr. Elpidio M. Paras for PPE disinfection.

On April 30, Thursday, Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, inventor and CEO of Parasat Cable TV, personally handed to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) his innovation to help medical frontliners conserve Personal Protective Equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

The Parazap, is a portable Ultraviolet room disinfection unit that is electrically operated. The device is designed to disinfect Personal Protective Equipment specifically N95 masks, killing almost 99% of microorganisms by means of exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It consists of 2 sets of UV-C germicidal lamps having 15 and 18-Wattage, and can accommodate up to ten (10) N95 masks in one cycle. The UV-C chamber can also be adjusted for duration of exposure; from sixty (60) seconds to sixty (60) minutes depending on the prescribed exposure to kill a certain type of microorganism. All of the materials in making the equipment were acquired from local city hard wares.

Mr. Paras aimed to construct low-cost and efficient disinfecting equipment that can be reproduced locally in order to alleviate widespread shortage of Personal Protective Equipment in hospitals and other frontline agencies in the region.

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Turnover of 15 pcs. face shields to PNP-LOPEZ JAENA through PCpt. Luceno N. Labarez Jr.

Misamis Occidental- The Department of Science and Technology-X through its Provincial Science and Technology Center Misamis Occidental donates 105 pieces of face shields to various frontliners in Misamis Occidental.

Frontliners from Misamis Occidental Provincial Hospital (MOPH) and City Health office are considered the vulnerable workers in Oroquieta City. Whereas Sapang Dalaga, as border entrance from Zamboanga del Norte needs high attention. The municipality of Lopez Jaena whose PNP is actively implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 in the community is also considered as a critical one.

Face shields were distributed to the abovementioned offices in Misamis Occidental on April 21, 2020, and on the days that follow until April 27, 2020.

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Corn Instablend packed @ 100 grams

The Department of Science and Technology in Bukidnon (DOST-Bukidnon) assisted Xavier de Kibangay High School in producing its first complementary food - Corn Instablend.

Xavier de Kibangay High School is run by the Religious of the Assumption Sisters whose students are 95% lumads (IPs) and a recipient of the DOST’s Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program thru the provision of food grade equipment and technical assistance in their food processing project.

The food processing project of Xavier de Kibangay prioritizes the formulation of Corn Instablend which was inspired from the DOST-FNRI’s BigMo complementary food. BigMo is FNRI’s sulong Pinoy Program with rice-and-mongo based product. But for Xavier de Kibangay where corn is available in the area, Corn Instablend was produced. Corn is rich in Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.

The Department of Science and Technology region 10 nodded in agreement to Northern Mindanao Medical Center’s (NMMC) request for further studies on PPE disinfection.

Dr. Art Surdilla, Liaison Officer of NMMC Incident Command System, sought the agency’s expert assistance in finding possible ways for disinfection of the cover-all suits used by healthcare workers. The request is to respond to the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as the hospital continually caters patients suspect for Coronavirus disease and those referred from other hospitals throughout the region. The NMMC started to handle COVID-19 related cases since February of this year.

DOST-X through its Regional Science and Testing Laboratory’s Microbiology Unit, researched on the possible ways to disinfect PPE which may include the use of Ultraviolet (UV) Light, Humid Heat, Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor, and Ozone.