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Balingoan Civil Society Volunteers Association (BCSVA) members attend the Food Safety Training conducted by the Department of Science and Technology – Region 10

Health and safety are paramount in this time of the pandemic, when there are numerous cases of health concerns that impede the capacity of people to maintain optimal health and nutrition. This is also emphasized by the Department of Science and Technology - Region 10 (DOST-10), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Municipality of Balingoan, who heed the call for safe and healthy foods in this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

To upgrade the knowledge and skills on food safety, 11 members of the Balingoan Civil Society Volunteers Association (BCSVA), formerly known as the Federation of Micro Business Entrepreneur of Balingoan, were trained on the basic principles and guidelines on Food Safety. This training was conducted on February 4, 2021, at the Conference Hall of the Municipality of Balingoan, Misamis Oriental as support from DOST-10 to the local meat processors through the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program.

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DOH-TRC-CDO staff inside the Specimen Collection Booth

Cagayan de Oro City - The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) donated one (1) unit of a Specimen Collection Booth (SCB) to the Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center of Cagayan de Oro City (DOH-TRC-CDO) on February 10, 2021.

The Specimen Collection Booth is one of the agency’s responses to different innovation requests against COVID-19. The SCB will give added protection and convenience to healthcare workers in collecting samples from patients.

DOST, through the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERRD) and DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), engaged the Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc. (FAME) in the fabrication of the booths. The SCB's FAME-designed structure included a thermal scanner and a pressure sensor.

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Check turn-over to LGU-Linamon

Lanao del Norte - An association of coconut farmers in Linamon received a Php 800,000.00 check from the Department of Science and Technology – Lanao del Norte on February 10, 2021, for the establishment of coco coir and peat processing facility in the municipality.

The project will focus on coconut coir and coco peat for horticultural, agricultural, and industrial applications. The coconut coir and peat are materials from coco husks that often become waste. Coconut husks are readily available and grow in volume in the area.

One of the objectives is to acquire technological advancements by procuring a Decorticating Machine and a Coco Peat Bricks/Blocks Maker Machine to produce blocks out of the coconut coir and peat. The project also aims to contribute positively to the environment through active waste utilization by converting coconut husks into useful biodegradable materials for agro-industrial applications.

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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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Check turn-over to LGU-Iligan

Over the past years, Iligan City has been facing issues regarding waste collection as its population continues to grow. Though the city promotes strict waste segregation throughout its 44 barangays, its Central Material Recovery Facility (CMRF) is still having difficulty in handling wastes coming from the different Barangay Materials Recovery Facilities (BMRF) due to the increasing volume of garbage collected per day.

To address this pressing need, the Local Government Unit of Iligan partnered with the Department of Science and Technology - Lanao del Norte to acquire waste management equipment and enhance the city's waste management processes.

DOST-X turned over a check amounting to Php 501,600.00 to LGU-Iligan for the project entitled “Technology Support through Provision of Waste Shredding Machines and Dual Drum Composters for Waste Management of Iligan City, Lone District” on January 15, 2021.