“DOST-SEI Scholars are the Patriot Scholars for the Nation!”

A total of thirty-six (36) ongoing and graduate scholars of the Department of Science and Technology in Region 10 exemplified the above tagline; serving as community volunteers in a vigorous effort to help the country to “Heal as One.”

Majority of these scholars from BSU, CMU, CU, CPSC, USTP, XU, and MSU-IIT aided their local communities in relief operations, specifically on repacking and distribution of food packs and disinfectants to the local residents. A group of scholars from USTP-CDO, who are stranded in their boarding houses due to the pandemic, involved themselves in the production of alcohols, face masks, and face shields. Others also volunteered as quarantine pass checkers, data validators and encoders for the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program, and as members of the Brgy. Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT).

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Screen capture of the DOST-X Halal Webinar on June 23, 2020

“I learned to respect and give due consideration to others especially our Muslim brethren. If given the privilege, I would apply for the Halal Certification and be certified by the Region. I appreciate now the religious background of Halal Food”, answered Sir Filemon Jutba II when asked what was his takeaway from the webinar.

Sir Felimon is one of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector who joined the DOST-10's Halal Awareness Webinar on June 23, 2020, at 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM via Google Meet. The event was attended by over 50 participants mostly DOST-assisted MSMEs belonging to the food processing sector from the different provinces of Northern Mindanao.

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MPEX Virtual Consultation with FREN’s Autoparts

Adapting to the “new normal” amidst COVID-19, the Department of Science and Technology-X (DOST-X) is set to conduct the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) through Virtual Consultation to twenty-five (25) selected firms in the Region for the whole month of June.

MPEX involves the deployment of industry experts, productivity specialists, and other technical experts to assist Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector. These consultants provide recommendations for improvement of the firms’ overall operations to achieve higher productivity.

The MPEX technical consultants and experts who mainly come from the academe and private sectors were accredited by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Subject Matter Specialist Program.

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Infographic of the webinar on “Understanding Consumer Behavior Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Trends and Pivots”

To guide MSMEs in moving on with their businesses despite the COVIC-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology region office 10, in partnership with DOST Office of the

Undersecretary for Regional Operations, the OROBEST Innovation Program, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) thru the STRIDE program hosted its first national webinar entitled “Understanding Consumer Behavior Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Trends and Pivots” for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on June 5, 2020.

The webinar was a huge success. “We are very glad that our participants come from every part of the country.”, said DOST-X Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban. More than 230 MSMEs from all regions in the country participated, plus more than 2000 viewers watched thru Facebook Live Stream.

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Science and Technology region 10 recently evaluated the efficiency of a local invention made to disinfect Face Masks in June 2020.

Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, CEO of Parasat Cable TV and inventor, developed the Parazapp UV Disinfection Cabinet. It is a portable and low-cost disinfecting equipment that is composed of locally-available materials such as Stainless Steel Cabinet, Timer System, and UV-C Germicidal Lamps.

Engr. Paras collaborated with DOST-X through the latter’s Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories (RSTL) for the initial evaluation of the germicidal properties and initial determination of the optimal exposure time for the Parazapp.