The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) spearheaded the conduct of the two Solutions Mapping Training Workshops in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro.
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.
It was conducted through the combination of webinar training and the actual workshop wherein participants go to certain communities in search for various innovations and solutions developed and used by the people.
In Davao Oriental, a total of 34 participants or ‘Lakbayers’ from academe and various government agencies joined the two-day activity held on August 26-27, 2020. Participants went to the foot of Mt. Hamiguitan in Purok 8 and 9, Barangay Osmeña, Governor Generoso.
Meanwhile, 15 Lakbayers from DOST XI, Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) - Davao de Oro, Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) Davao de Oro, Compostela Valley State College (CVSC), Philippine Women’s College (PWC) and Provincial Women Development Office of Davao de Oro explored Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Davao de Oro on September 8, 2020.
Participants from the two SalikLakbay found grassroots innovations (GIs) mostly categorized under ethnobotanicals, indigenous crafts, and heirloom recipes in the communities.
One of the GIs found in Davao de Oro was the ‘Peanut Shell Remover’, a wooden-made prototype used for easier and faster way of removing the shell of peanut.
Lakbayers in Davao Oriental on the other hand, found out that the ‘Katmon’ plant could potentially be processed into a Powdered acidulant (organic) thru spray drying or conventional drying, can be used for viands or for beverages, Fried Chips (peeling) and its parts can be studied as a possible antiviral/antibacterial ointment.
The said activities were organized and facilitated by DOST’s Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development Program (GRIND), in partnership with UNDP Philippines’ Accelerator Lab Head of Solutions Mapping, Mr. Rex Lor, PSTC-Davao Oriental and PSTC-Davao de Oro.
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