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Engr. Erecson Solis facilitator of the training workshop guides the participants on the actual selection of cacao seeds as part of seed propagation.

To enhance the skills of the cacao and lanzones growers in Mahinog, the Department of Science and Technology - Camiguin conducted a training workshop for the local farmers in the municipality on April 27-28, 2021, at the Municipal Agriculture Site, San Miguel, Mahinog, Camiguin.

The training also aims to strengthen the farmers' techniques for organic farming on cacao and lanzones. The participants were able to perform the preparation of planting media and the scientific process of lanzones and cacao grafting and budding.

Trainers from the Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC) also discussed additional topics such as Nursery Planning and Selections, Nursery Construction and Design, Preparation of Planting Media, Vegetative Propagation Techniques, and Common Seedling Diseases, Problems, Prevention, and Control.

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Screen captures of the recently conducted food safety awareness webinars

The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 10 (DOST-10) once again commenced its series of Food Safety Awareness Webinars to food handlers in region 10.

Eight businesses in the Bukidnon Food Sector attended last April 13, 18 Home-based Food Businesses in Misamis Occidental last April 14, and 21 Food delivery businesses in Camiguin last April 19.

Through the webinars, the DOST-10 Food Safety Team capacitated the food handlers in maintaining food safety inside their manufacturing sites. The team also discussed food safety guidelines, issues, and concerns in region 10 to enhance awareness among the participants.

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The Metals and Engineering Innovation Center (MEIC) in Region 10 successfully received and installed six (6) metals and engineering equipment for its upcoming operations to serve Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.

The recently acquired equipment are the Rolling Machine, Shearing Machine, Press Brake, TIG Welding Machine, Power Hacksaw, and Electric Chain Hoist. For delivery soon are two (2) units of Computer Workstations with CAD/CAE, Portable Plasma Cutter, and assorted Power Tools.

All these equipment are to wholly comprise the services of the MEIC in serving the metals and engineering industry in Northern Mindanao.

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To intensify community disaster preparedness in the municipality, the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) turned over a check amounting to Php 209,400 to the Local Government Unit of Sinacaban (LGU-Sinacaban) on April 14, 2021 via an online conference.

Flooding has become prevalent in Sinacaban’s lowlands and coastal areas, as well as near the floodplains of its major rivers. Historical records from the past few years show that the municipality experienced the worst floods in 1999, 2008, 2010, and 2014.

The floods are usually the effect of continuous rains caused by Intertropical Convergence Zones (ITCZ) and Low-Pressure Areas (LPA). They damage several crops, livestock, fishponds, government, and private structures in the barangays.
The municipality's disaster surveillance has been insufficient due to the lack of weather monitoring devices to monitor rainfall in the area.

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Three micro-enterprises from Misamis Oriental received a total of Php 2.79 million as technology funding from the Department of Science and Technology 10 (DOST 10) last April 14, during the ceremonial turnover of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) project funds conducted via Zoom conferencing.

These three firms are Folder and Goods Trading, Trunk to Gold Agribusiness Corporation, and Rite Home Modular Systems, under the Manufacturing, Food Industry, and Furniture Industry sectors, respectively.

SETUP is a flagship program of DOST mandated to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their productivity. Through a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), each firm received funding to acquire equipment addressing their production gaps and improving product quality.