Ms. Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano made history as the first Blaan woman hailed from the province of Davao Occidental to become an associate member of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) with over 5000 member-researchers, scientists, engineers, and artists distributed across the country. 

The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) bagged the Outstanding Research and Development (R&D) award for its project ROSANNA or “Real-time Online Surveillance for Banana” last June 13, 2022, during the 64th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). 


The Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), through its Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Davao Occidental, distributed breadfruit seedlings and conducted propagation training on the same fruit last June 17, 2022, in Barangay Manuel Peralta, Malita, Davao Occidental. 


The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) officially released the list of qualified DOST scholars for the academic year 2022-2023, wherein from the total of 10,487 qualifiers, 271 are from the different cities and provinces of the Davao region.

The DOST Science & Technology (S&T) scholarship program aims to entice Filipino youths to pursue careers in S&T and help steer the country toward national progress. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOST-SEI halted the scholarship qualifying examination in 2020 and 2021, but the new set of scholars was finally announced last June 12, 2022. 


A research by the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) on durian rinds as natural bio preservatives secured over 900,000 pesos funding from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).