The field researchers, also called “Lakbayers”, immerse and talk with grassroots innovators at Agdao Public Market in Davao City to gather data and document the developed inventions/innovations in the area. This was one of the highlights of the SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping Adventure Training Workshop held on March 6, 2020.
The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) and the United Nations Development Programme Philippines (UNDP Philippines) held a Solutions Mapping Training Workshop on March 6, 2020 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City.
The activity dubbed as “SalikLakbay”, a combination of the words ‘Saliksik’ (to explore/ research) and ‘Lakbay’ (to journey/go in an adventure), aims to equip participants with background knowledge, skills and practical experience in conducting solutions mapping in grassroots communities.
DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales, CESO III takes a photo of his interviewee at the Agdao Public Market.
As part of the training, the participants, composed of representatives from DOST XI, Higher Educational Institutions and Civil Society Organizations in the region, toured the Agdao Public Market to identify needs and opportunities by looking for solutions developed by the people in the area. They were also taught by UNDP Philippines’ Accelerator Lab Head of Solutions Mapping, Mr. Rex Lor, on how to document, archive and upload collected data to the solutions mapping database.
DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales, CESO III said the training provides a useful tool that shall determine what solutions are available within the target communities.
"With this strategy, we hope to engage more the communities that we help by engaging them in solutions mapping," Dr. Sales said.
He further stressed that DOST will be conducting actual SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping in selected communities in each province in the Davao region, one of which will be in Mt. Hamiguitan, Davao Oriental.
The activity was organized and facilitated by DOST’s Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development Program (GRIND) and UNDP Philippines.
The 'Lakbayers' with UNDP Philippines’ Accelerator Lab Head of Solutions Mapping, Mr. Rex Lor.
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