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Ms. Geraldine Ridad pitching her research study entitled, “Project DiabEHT: An Approach to Improve Self-care Management of Diabetes” during the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition

The Department of Science and Technology–Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) conducted the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition on August 14, 2020, which highlights the importance of translating research findings into policy.

Ms. Geraldine S. Ridad of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology represented Region 10 with her research study entitled, “Project DiabEHT: An Approach to Improve Self-care Management of Diabetes”.

Ms. Ridad's research aimed to increase a diabetic patient’s confidence in managing his/her diabetes. It has three components, namely, (1) weekly support group activities and lecture series on diabetes, (2) installation and use of the DiabEHT mobile app, and (3) installation of "diabooth" in a health center.

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Mayor Jun Capistrano together with other officials of LGU Salay received the Face Shields from DOST

With the emerging COVID-19 cases in the region, the Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Oriental (DOST-Misamis Oriental) heed on the dire need for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help protect the front liners in the province. DOST-Misamis Oriental has just completed the distribution of 1,520 face shields to all the 25 local government units in Misamis Oriental. This covers 10 municipalities and one (1) component city in District 1, as well as 13 municipalities and one (1) component city in District 2 on July 2020.

The beneficiaries expressed great gratitude upon receiving the face shields.

“Mayor Jun Capistrano was so happy with these face shields especially now that there are local transmission cases. These will go a long way to protect us here.”, Ms. Emma Baluyos, Budget Officer of LGU Salay, said.

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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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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.

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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.