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Turnover of DOST Check to PLGU Camiguin. (From left to right) Ms. Nice Nerjay C. Delada (DOST-Cam), Engr. Ferdinand A. Soliven (DOST-Cam), Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, and Ms. Christine S. Jardin (DOST-Cam)

The Provincial Local Government Unit of Camiguin received science and technology support through a check amounting to Php 480,000 from the Department of Science and Technology-Camiguin on June 3, 2021. This COVID-19 project is entitled: Support to Clean Camiguin COVID-19 QR Code System and its Operation Center through the adoption of S-PaSS and other Covid-related Systems.

The fund is for the acquisition of 50 mobile phones for scanning CleanCamiguinQR codes and two computer units as software servers.

CleanCamiguinQR is the official COVID-19 contact tracing software of the province. It can track an infected person's close contact up to the third level.

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Check turn-over of the sci-tech project fund to LGU-Talakag

DOST-Bukidnon, under its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program, recently granted 2.8M science and technology project funds to the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas in Talakag, Bukidnon.

The agency will implement a total of six projects that include various science and technology interventions. DOST-Bukidnon will distribute Ceramic Water Filters to communities that lack drinking water, install two Automatic Rain Gauges to flood-prone areas, and provide a Plastic Densifier and Shredder for better solid waste management.

The project also includes six Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS) units to the community. STARBOOKS is a stand-alone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots.

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On the right side are Mr.&Mrs.Efren Rapallo, Owner of Jea Natural Coffee, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. On the left side are DOST-Misamis Occidental staff, Provincial Director Eufresnie Ann Simbajon and Ms. Rogelyn Calago

The willingness to comply and the flexibility to accept change are the winning gauges of Jea Natural Coffee.

Jea Natural Coffee from Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, has been producing roasted ground corn beverages for more than five years. It has been manufacturing its product using improvised roasting and grinding machines.

However, in 2020, it was as if a steaming, brewed cup of corn beverage was poured unto them when news came in that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tagged their product as "Unregistered" at the FDA website. Hence, an advisory to the public prohibiting purchase was published.

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Mr. Excelise shows his acquired fishing gear which doubled his monthly income.

The Dampias Fisherfolks Association (DAFIAS) of Binuangan Misamis Oriental gained more income through the science and technology interventions from the Department of Science and Technology- Region 10.

“Sa wala pay nets, tagagmay ra [ang kita] kay dili man mi makapanagat kung walay net. Karon naay gabii, muhalin mi ug tag 1,500 pesos. 1,200-1,300 pesos ang hinlo. Sa isa ka bulan mga 12,000 to 15,000 pesos ang income. Dako2 gyud natabang. (Before, we can only earn a little since we have no nets, and we cannot go fishing without them. Now, we can reach Php 1,500 sales a night with a net income of Php 1,200 to 1,300. Overall, we earn Php 12,000-15,000 a month. The project is a big help.)," said Mr. Cesar Excelise, member of DAFIAS, as he expressed his gratitude to DOST for the livelihood support granted to their association.

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Online turn-over of the Php 2 Million check to the Food Research and Development Center of the Central Mindanao University

With the advent of the new normal, innovations in food production have become an integral part of the food industry to attain food resiliency and security. These innovations are the priority areas of the research and development (R&D) agenda, particularly in the Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies of the region.

In response, the Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) recently funded a research proposal from the Central Mindanao University entitled, “Spray Drying of Fruit Vegetable Juice Blends from Abundant and Underutilized Food Crops in Bukidnon,” which amounts to more than Php 2 Million.

The Food Research and Development Center of the Central Mindanao University had recently developed nutritious juices from abundant and underutilized fruits and vegetables in Bukidnon.