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Mr. Yukihiro Ishibashi discusses future projects with provincial government agencies during the project monitoring visit at the sericulture site in Sitio Saguing, Brgy. Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental on 19 March 2021

Japanese National, Mr. Yukihiro Ishibashi, Resident Representative of OISCA (Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement) International, has gladly expressed his satisfaction with the sericulture rearing houses in Misamis Oriental. He recently visited two sericulture project sites in Sitio Saguing, Barangay Patag, Opol, and Barangay Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City.

OISCA is an international organization based in Japan committed and dedicated to promoting international cooperation. Among its program is on sericulture industry development in the Philippines. It funded the construction of a silkworm rearing house in Barangay Patag.

Misamis Oriental is among the seven beneficiary provinces of skills training and other assistance for sericulture operations. The other provinces were Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Aklan, Iloilo, Antique, and Negros Occidental. The aim is to develop model sericulture farmers with abilities to produce high-quality cocoons at a faster pace.

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Screen captures of the SafeFood Byte Mobile Application

The Department of Science and Technology-10 launched the SafeFood Byte mobile application on May 17, 2021, at the New Dawn Hotel Plus, Cagayan de Oro City.

The SafeFood Byte is a reporting system to monitor and promote food safety from the farm to the consumers. It installs a mechanism for rapid resolution of issues and concerns that will also catalyze a food safety culture in Northern Mindanao. The app was made possible with the authorities and functions of the Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board in Region 10 (FSRCB-X).

The app gives the consumers an easy way to report inconsistencies and external hazards on the food they consume. Through the mobile application, consumers can take a photo of the alleged unsafe food and report it online. The agency will filter the submitted reports and classify them according to severity.

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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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Picture of the DRRM kits from DOST-10

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON, April 21 – The Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon inspected and turned over Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) kits to Casisang National High School and Managok National High School on April 21, 2021, at Casisang National High School Covered Court, Barangay Casisang in this city.

The activity is part of the project titled “Capacity building cum Strengthening of Disaster Preparedness of Managok and Casisang National High School a GIDA, RTF-ELCAC Area Thru the provision of DRRM Kits in Malayablay City Bukidnon, D-2.”

Ms. Ritchie Mae L. Guno, Officer-in-Charge of the agency, shared that the project is an extension of institutional support under DOST’s Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program. The project is in collaboration with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) of the Local Government Unit of Malaybalay City.