The Department of Science and Technology – Camiguin ceremonially turned over project funds amounting to Php 739,186.00 to Hubangon Fisherfolks Association (HUFIA) on February 23, 2022, as a science and technology support to its dressed chicken processing facility.

Fishing is originally the main activity and livelihood of the association. However, due to seasonal catch, HUFIA aggressively considered another option to sustain the association and provide for their families basic needs. HUFIA ventured into chicken meat production until it continuously supply dressed chicken to various chicken meat retailers, chicken barbeque, and lechon manok sellers in the province.

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Workers cleaning the pouches before putting products in the Fully Automatic Double Layer Sterilization Retort

A woman-led enterprise assisted by the Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Oriental, for the second time under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), now employs more than 60 local workers, mostly housewives. During peak production, the firm employs more than 70 persons including on-calls.

Bestfriend Goodies established its second production facility dedicated to the production of Enhanced Nutribun (eNutribun), a technology of DOST Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).

As the firm pivots from producing pasalubong products before the COVID-19 pandemic, Bestfriend Goodies now concentrates on Ready-To-Eat (RTE) nutritious foods. The firm sought further assistance from DOST for adopting five more RTE technologies: Arrozcaldo, Binignit, Champorado, Chicken Tinola, and Monggo with Dilis in pouches. The S&T intervention also includes the provision of the equipment: Fully Automatic Double Layer Sterilization Retort.

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Photo of the rice-mongo based complementary foods

The Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Occidental turned over project funds to Tangub City to alleviate malnutrition among children in conflict-driven barangays. The ceremonial turned-over was held online on January 27, 2022.

The City Government of Tangub, Misamis Occidental received a total amount of Php 785,135.00 for the roll-out of the DOST-Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children (PINOY) in the 17 identified far-flung and conflict-driven barangays, namely: Hoyohoy, Owayan, San Antonio, Sicot, Santo Niño, Paiton, Caniangan, Bintana, Taguiet, Baluc, Salimpuno, Banglay, Tituron, Kimat, Bongabong, Matugnao and Simasay.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - 10 through its research and development initiative, allocates Php 2.3M for the conduct of Corn R&D. The ceremonial turnover and project inception meeting was conducted on November 24 and was graced by DOST Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban. The event was attended by USTP Claveria Chancellor Dr. Renato Arazo, Project leader Dr. Nela Gonzaga, and other stakeholders.

The project, “Improving the Mineral Content of Region 10 Corn Varieties through Location-specific Soil Nutrient Management” aims to identify nutrient management strategies to improve the mineral content of corn varieties in the Region. The project also aims to train 100 farmers on nutrient management for corn and increase corn grain yield by at least 25%. This collaborative project between DOST 10 and USTP Claveria is also aimed to improve the quality of the corn products grown by farmers in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

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Bencals Food Products, one of the sought-after tablea makers in Bukidnon, finally received its License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 12, 2022.

The LTO issued to Bencals Food Products certifies the firm's legality to operate as a Food Manufacturer of its tablea products.

The high demand for cocoa offers a huge opportunity for the firm as there is no existing market in Bukidnon for Cocoa Butter yet. Hence, Bencals Food Products sought the assistance of DOST for product innovation support by upgrading their Cacao Processing facility.

Through the DOST-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP), the firm innovates cocoa into Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Powder.