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SALAY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL—128 malnourished children from the eighteen (18) barangays in Salay benefited in the120-day complementary food feeding under the Malnutrition Reduction Program of DOST.

The Department of Science and Technology-X rolled out DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) complementary food technology to 128 malnourished children in Salay, Misamis Oriental.

One Hundred out of the 128 children show improved health conditions from severely underweight and underweight to normal. This resulted in a significant decrease in the malnutrition rate in Salay.

The DOST PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children), under the DOST-FNRI Malnutrition Reduction Program (MRP), is a program focused on supplementary feeding of Rice-Mongo Food Technology to identified malnourished children between ages 6 to 59 months for 120 days.

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Ceremonial check turnover with the following representatives (L-R): Iligan City Councilor Jesse Ray N. Balanay, IARPC President Mr. Allan Wynn L. Tamula, Iligan City Vice Mayor Jemar L. Vera Cruz, Iligan City Treasurer Louela S. Maybituin, DOST Lanao del Norte CEST Coordinator Ms. Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia, Office of the Congressman Community Affairs Officer Ms. Armien Alloro and Iligan City CDLO Supervising Cooperative Development Specialist Ms. Lilibeth Razo.

DOST-Lanao del Norte turned over Php 631,160 worth of Banana Processing Technology to Iligan Agri-Rainbow Producers Cooperative (IARPC) through its Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program on August 5, 2021, via online conference.

IARPC consists of 24 female and 25 male agricultural entrepreneurs in Iligan City. It supports hinterland farmers engaged in coffee, banana, mango, and cacao farming. They saw the demand for their banana crops decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic since banana cue and turon consumers in public schools and public markets are isolating at home.

Ms. Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia, DOST-Lanao del Norte CEST Coordinator, identified the predicament as a value-adding opportunity to produce both the Gluten-Free Banan Flour and Potassium-Riche Banana Peel Fertilizer. The DOST grant consists of a slicing machine, dehydrator, flour mill, chaffing machine, moisture meter, stainless-steel table, and stainless-steel sink with laboratory analysis for the products.

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The Department of Science and Technology – X (DOST-X) will host the Mindanao Cluster Symposium of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) 70th Annual Convention on September 09, 2021, 2:00 in the afternoon.

The Mindanao Cluster Symposium will serve as a venue to discuss topics revolving around the convention’s theme, “Enhancing Response to Current and Future Pandemics through Science Technology, and Innovation”. DOST 10 invited speakers to talk about business recovery, mathematical modelling for Covid-19 predictions, and higher education in the new normal.

Mr. Ruben Vegafria, president of Oro Chamber of Commerce, will share about the program called OROBEST: Business Recovery Innovation for Development and Growth of Enterprises and how it helps Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) during the pandemic.

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DOST Bukidnon turnovers the Charcoal Briquetting Technology of DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) to the Malaybalay City Federation of Local Councils of Women’s Incorporated (MCFLCW) - a Bukidnon-Tagolwanen Indigenous People Women’s Association of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon (DOST-Bukidnon) grants DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute's (DOST-FPRDI's) Charcoal Briquetting Technology to the Malaybalay City Federation of Local Councils of Women Incorporated (MCFLCW) on July 6, 2021.

MCFLCW is a federation of Bukidnon-Tagolwanen Indigenous People in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. It is operating a Central Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and a buying station for recyclable materials.

Rapid population growth in the city due to natural increases and the influx of migrants from neighboring places has caused a greater volume of waste. An average of 20,548 kg/day of wastes is brought to the city’s disposal facility daily. Most of this comes from the wastes generated by households, institutions, commercial establishments, and street sweepings. Out of the average volume, wastes from the household rank first at 52.24 %.

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Turnover of project fund to DepEd Lanao del Norte Divission Office attended by (from left to right) Ms. Rasmila M. Cosain-SEPS, Dr. Fatimah Asum-PSDS, Dr. Maria Eva Edon-Chief, CID, Edilberto L. Oplenaria, CESO V-SDS, Dr. Rosemarie T. Macesar-ASDS, Armando B. Pasok-AO V, Dr. Maria Carmela T. Ablin-Chief SGOD, and Dr. Belen Bastillada-EPS-Science

The Department of Science and Technology-Lanao del Norte turned over science and technology assistance amounting to Php 397,520.00 through the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program to the Department of Education-Lanao del Norte Division Office on August 13, 2021.

The fund will be for the procurement and installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) to eight elementary and secondary schools in four municipalities under the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) Program in Lanao del Norte - District I.

STARBOOKS is a DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) developed technology that contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and audio/video) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface. It is a standalone information kiosk; hence, information access is possible even without an internet connection.