Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, DOST’s Assistant Secretary for Countryside Development presented the technology interventions and services extended by DOST to Mayor Basilio Libayao of Talaingod. DOST XI distributed gift bags which contain iron-fortified rice, iron and iodine fortified bihon, squash loaf bread, tubig talino (or iodine-fortified drinking water), himsog bugas-monggo baby food blend, himsog bugas-monggo nutri-curls and hygiene kit. These food items were developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the DOST to address the micro nutrient and macronutrient deficiencies among children and adult. Along with these, DOST XI also conducted Technology Livelihood Demonstrations utilizing the available resources in the locality namely, banana and dried fish.

In support to disaster preparedness and management, three (3) Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) composed of automatic rain gauges and water level monitoring sensors were installed in strategic locations of Talaingod. DOST XI have also conducted orientation to the households and barangay officials of the locality on the use of Dengue Vector Surveillance Kits or the Ovicidal Larvicidal (OL) Traps.

Finally, with the aim of enhancing the analytical minds and science consciousness of the Talaingod school children, DOST will install a Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) to Palma Gil Elementary School in Talaingod, Davao del Norte in July 2015.