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Ms. Jinky Montejo as she assisted one of the students to register to STARBOOKS

As an advocate of bringing inclusive and relevant S&T information to the countryside, the Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon has worked hand-in-hand with the Local Government Unit of Pangantucan and Pangantucan Community High School to deliver Science, Technology, and Innovative education to the students and community through a mobile library.

PCHS School President Fr. Ambrosio F. Flores SJ spearheaded an initiative called "EducTokhang" on December 4, 2020, at Barangay Pigtauranan and Madaya, Pangantucan, Bukidnon. This initiative further introduced the use and benefits of DOST's Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS).

Eductokhang aims to reach PCHS students who belong to the Indigenous People Community and living in geographically challenged areas. A total of 82 students participated in the activity and became new users of the STARBOOKS digital library. It also gave way to out-of-school youths to register and participate.

Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) are key drivers in sustainable development. This year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-10) Regional Office will hold the first-ever virtual celebration of National Science & Technology Week sa Amihanang Mindanao from November 23-27, 2020.

With the theme “Agham at Technolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan”, DOST-10 will showcase various significant scientific and technological endeavor. Among the anticipated activities during the celebration are the virtual exhibits of the latest technology with contribution to national development. Virtual fora and webinars related to livelihood and business, human resource development, health, and disaster preparedness will be via Zoom application but with limited slots. Interactive Facebook and Youtube live streaming will also be available for interested participants that could not be accommodated in the Zoom application.

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Trainers and participants pose for picture during the last day of training on Basic Research Methods

Junior researchers from the higher education institution members of the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD) received online training and mentoring workshop from the consortium’s very own trainers.

The training on Basic Research Methods focuses on enhancing the capacities of young researchers in producing quality health research proposals for possible funding by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). Twenty researchers who were able to identify 10 health research problems including COVID-19 related researchers attended the training on July 13-17, 2020.

Workshop on Research Proposal Development followed the BRM training on August 18-20, 2020. Fourteen (14) out of 20 participants proceeded to the mentoring workshop and developed eight (8) research studies. The participants then refined these studies into full-blown health research proposals.

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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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Sample of a BEFORE and AFTER product development and design

This year has presented enormous challenges to food businesses across the world. Set against a backdrop of unprecedented economic pressures and consumer safety issues due to the pandemic, it is imperative to keep abreast of the increasing sophistication in packaging to sustain the economic distribution of all products. Labeling, particularly of food products, is a very important and useful source of information, primarily to educate consumers on nutrition facts.

In addition, 70 percent of buying decisions are made in-store, so product packaging and labeling should entice customers to buy their products at the first notice of the quality of content.