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The Covid-19 pandemic will not stop the Department of Science and Technology Region-10 from celebrating the 2021 National Science and Technology Week by reverberating the 2020 first ever virtual celebration of S&T Week of DOST.

Even with people movement restriction due to different community quarantine classification, Filipinos particularly from Region 10 can still view and learn the different S&T endeavors of DOST through various online platforms. This year, the Department of Science and Technology Region-10 will hold its second virtual celebration of the National Science & Technology Week sa Amihanang Mindanao from October 26-28, 2021.

With the theme “ Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”, DOST 10 will showcase various significant scientific and technological endeavor. Among the anticipated activities during the celebration are the virtual S&T exhibits of the latest technology with contribution to national development. Virtual fora and webinars on livelihood and business, human resource development, health, the get-to-know the Hydrometeorological and Geological Hazard, among others will be via Zoom application but with limited slots. Interactive Facebook and Youtube live streaming will also be available for interested participants that could not be accommodated in the Zoom application.

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Provincial S&T Director, Ms. Ritchie Mae L. Guno, discussing to students the content of STARBOOKS during its Turnover Ceremony June 30, 2021

Bringing Science and Technology to Indigenous People (IP) youths, the Department of Science and Technology -X provided one (1) complete set and held an orientation and training on the installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), a digital library in a box, to Luyungan High School through Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program of Provincial S&T Center in Bukidnon.

STARBOOKS is the first stand-alone Philippine digital science library that can be accessed by students and teachers without using an internet connection. It is a user friendly standalone repositories for thousands of digitized science and technology resources and livelihood information placed in specially designed pods that can be operated without internet connection. As of August 2021, DOST-X has installed 58 STARBOOKS in Bukidnon and 220 STARBOOKS in Northern Mindanao.

The Local Government Unit of Salay in Misamis Oriental received fund assistance worth PHP 828,572.00 from the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) for the newly approved project on disaster risk reduction and management on July 15, 2021.

The project is entitled “Utilization of an Efficient Flood Warning Technology with Pressure-Type Water Level Sensor in Brgy. Ili-Ilihon, Salay, Misamis Oriental – D1”.

It aims to promote to reduce the impact of floods, particularly in flood-prone areas such as in Brgy. Ili-Ilihon and Brgy. Matampa through the utilization of efficient monitoring technology and skills training.

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Ms. Rogelyn C. Calago and PSTD Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon of DOST Misamis Occidental, Mr. Mark Anthony D. Artigas of LGU-Oroquieta City, Mr. Kenneth Jhester P. Haim and Mr. Johan Pellsäter of OroqCoco.

The Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Occidental continues to support a local cooperative in Misamis Occidental to innovate products made of coconut through science and technology interventions.

Oroquieta City Agricultural Cooperative (OroqCoco) primarily aims to provide work and career opportunities to women so that mothers will not seek employment outside the country since 2018.

OroqCoco allocated almost two years for product development, staff training, the establishment of production techniques, good workflow, and optimization of operations after acquiring knowledge in the manufacture of various innovative products derived from coconut. It started with merely five (5) products, namely, Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), natural and spiced coconut vinegar, coconut aminos (comparable with soy sauce), and coconut honey.

Linamon, Lanao del Norte - The Department of Science and Technology-Lanao del Norte, in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Linamon, rolls out DOST-Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young (PINOY) to 123 undernourished children among eight barangays in the municipality.

The program is a 120-day supplementary feeding of DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) rice-mongo complementary food blends and snack curls to identified malnourished children ages 6 to 60 months of Linamon.

The rice-mongo blend is processed by extrusion cooking method and is ready-to-eat by adding previously boiled water. It contains 110 kcal (energy) and 4 grams protein per 30 grams, enough to meet 10.8% of the energy needs and 21.4% of the recommended protein of these children.