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Check turnover for the funding of the project entitled: “A Hybrid Static-Dynamic Route Optimization for Drop-off and Pick-up Problem Using Genetic Algorithm” with Engr. Jocelyn Garrido (Project Leader) and Mr. Richard Ebdalin of Dirt Bag (Industry Partner)

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) received a Research and Development (RnD) fund amounting to Php 1.3 million from the Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) to provide optimized routes for laundry drop-off and pick-up using genetic algorithms.

DOST-10, through the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (NorMinCIEERD), partnered with USTP for a project entitled "Hybrid Static-Dynamic Route Optimization for Drop-Off and Pick-up Problem Using Genetic Algorithm."

The NorMinCIEERD funding will enable USTP researchers to provide a cost-efficient scheme for digital laundry businesses in dropping off and picking-up laundry by taking the best route within the city.

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Participants are trained on how to make pork longanisa and pork lumpia while applying food safety and good manufacturing practices

To enhance the skills and capacity of hog raisers in Catarman, the Department of Science and Technology-Camiguin provided a series of food safety and meat processing skills training to 25 participants on March 30-31, 2022, at the Municipal Agriculture Site, Compol, Catarman, Camiguin.

The hog raisers learned how to make hygienic and quality pork longanisa and pork lumpia by applying good manufacturing practices, basic food hygiene principles, and food safety hazard awareness.

The two-day face-to-face training aims to produce quality processed meat products and establish a meat processing center in the municipality.

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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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Ms. Nice Nerjay C. Delada, Project Assistant II of DOST Camiguin, discusses the nature of the project and MOA details to LGU-Sagay Mayor Uayan and staff during the Ceremonial Project Fund Turnover

About 2,875 households in Sagay, Camiguin will benefit from the Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly-Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS) powered by Solar Photovoltaic System through the DOST Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program.

DOST-Camiguin turned over a project fund of Php 1,070,100.00 to the Local Government Unit of Sagay for the provision of STARBOOKS and printed multimedia materials last January 2022. The project aims to promote a Science and Technology culture and disaster resiliency in the municipality.

Currently, given the fund's availability, the LGU is now working on the acquisition of a Solar Photovoltaic System, solar street lights, and a 65-inch Smart TV.