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Coconut is one of the main commodities in Davao del Sur. The root to shoot usefulness of this tree has gained popularity among farmers in Bansalan making it the predominant product of the municipality. The Bansalan Coconut Farmers and Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCMC) which is engaged in the production of copra and coconut shell charcoal tapped the Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao del Sur (PSTC Davao del Sur) for help on minimizing waste and maximizing product output from their production. The PSTC then organized a Cleaner Production Technology (CPT) consultancy which focused on reduction and recycling of the firm’s sources. The consultancy introduced the charcoal briquetting technology to the coconut farmers and thus, a training was conducted last October 19, 2016 with experts from Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). The activity was held in the production plant of BCMC and joined by its workers and members. 

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Technical experts from DOST-ITDI: Mr. Juanito Aquino and Engr. Apollo Victor Bawagan (left to right) demonstrating the charcoal briquetting process to coconut farmers and workers of BCMC

 

Following the success of the Luzon and Visayas leg, the Department of Science and Technology is bringing the third and final installment of this year’s Technology Transfer Day in Davao City. This Mindanao-wide activity aims at promoting the DOST generated and assisted technologies to its intended beneficiaries, stakeholders, and private sectors.

“Nagawa na namin ito sa Manila and Ormoc City, tuwang tuwa kami dahil doon mismo sa site, nagkaroon ng mga deals, may fairness opinion reports, may licensing,” said Usec. Rowena Cristina Guevara in a press conference.

Guevara, who is the current DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, also mentioned that the technologies that will be presented are the products of the last three years of research and development.

For its first trip to Mindanao, the country’s first and only mobile science learning facility, the Science Explorer Bus, is set to take a road trip to Davao Occidental by February 2017. The Science Explorer Bus is under the program promotions of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Davao Occidental, together with a survey team from the DOST-SEI, conducted an ocular visit last November 24-26, 2016 to prepare the schedule and arrangements for the road trip to the 5 municipalities in the province.

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Mr. Ivan Roblas (right) presenting information on Science Explorer Bus to Jose Abad Santos Central Elementary School Head Ms. Merlyn Yacon (left).