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The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) is conducting free calibration of COVID-19 vaccine storages and equipment throughout Northern Mindanao.

To date, the DOST-10 Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories (RSTL) calibrated a total of 9 bio-refrigerators, 3 refrigerators, 13 wall and dial thermometers, 1 freezer, and 8 thermo-hygrometers from different health units in Region 10.

According to RSTL Head Engr. Frumencio B. Quiblat, Jr., "Compliance to the vaccine's cold chain is a must to ensure the vaccine's integrity and efficacy. Not conforming to its required temperature might waste the vaccine making it not useful anymore."

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Dr. Itchon wins 1st Place in the 3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition during the 39th PCHRD Anniversary on 17 March 2021

Northern Mindanao’s research entitled “The Web-GRiD Project: Helping LGUs Make Better and Faster Decisions during Emergencies” bags first place on the 3-Minute Pitch (3MP) national competition on March 17, 2021.

The Web-based Geospatial Risk Database (Web-GRiD) Project is a decision support tool that uses geographic-based analysis to capture a particular location's unique characteristics. These data will help ensure a more suitable and workable plan of action. The research aims to make scientific, timely, and sensible decision-making support to local government executives by integrating epidemiologic data with geospatial mapping.

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Ventilator repairs at Amai Pakpak Medical Center

The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-X) is now helping Northern Mindanao hospitals fight COVID-19 through a series of ventilator repairs from October 2020 to February 2021.

One of the concerns raised during Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meetings was the lack of functional mechanical ventilators in hospitals throughout the region. This concern prompted immediate action to ensure the readiness of our hospitals in treating COVID-19 patients.

As a member of the IATF and with the consultation of the Department of Health Region 10, the Science and Technology department formed a ventilator team lead by Mr. Ronald Pangan, Science Research of DOST-X. The team sought the expertise of biomedical engineers to diagnose a total of 30 ventilators in various hospitals. The engineers were able to repair 15 out of 30 ventilators, while the other 15 required more spare parts. They also gave recommendations on the proper use of the ventilators.

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Balingoan Civil Society Volunteers Association (BCSVA) members attend the Food Safety Training conducted by the Department of Science and Technology – Region 10

Health and safety are paramount in this time of the pandemic, when there are numerous cases of health concerns that impede the capacity of people to maintain optimal health and nutrition. This is also emphasized by the Department of Science and Technology - Region 10 (DOST-10), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Municipality of Balingoan, who heed the call for safe and healthy foods in this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

To upgrade the knowledge and skills on food safety, 11 members of the Balingoan Civil Society Volunteers Association (BCSVA), formerly known as the Federation of Micro Business Entrepreneur of Balingoan, were trained on the basic principles and guidelines on Food Safety. This training was conducted on February 4, 2021, at the Conference Hall of the Municipality of Balingoan, Misamis Oriental as support from DOST-10 to the local meat processors through the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program.

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Screenshot of the BRM Training through Zoom

The Department of Science and Technology – Region 10 (DOST 10), through the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD), conducted a virtual training on Basic Research Methods on March 1-5, 2021, to capacitate junior health researchers in the region.

The training also aimed to address the shortage in human resources under research and development.

The researchers were faculty and staff from various higher education institutions, state universities and colleges, and national government agencies. The training taught the participants how to craft quality health research proposals for possible funding under the Regional Research Fund of the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and local funds from DOST 10.