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The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) conducted the SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping Adventure in Brgy. Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur on February 18, 2021.

Through the DOST XI’s Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND) Program, the said research journey and community engagement was held in another province of Davao Region – this time in a Bagobo-Tagabawa community. The activity aimed to identify grassroots innovations and to assess the needs and opportunities in the community where DOST can provide science and technology interventions to address certain problems at the grassroots.

Davao del Sur State College (DSSC) President, Dr. Augie Fuentes represented by Dr. Della Grace Bacaltos, together with DOST XI Regional Director, Dr. Anthony C. Sales, CESO III expressed their appreciation to the activity partners and discussed the rationale of the activity. Dr. Sales further shared his plans on establishing Community-Led Innovation Centers (CLICs) to attain inclusive development in Davao Region.

One of the highlights of the activity is the Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) among field researchers and solution mappers. With the active involvement of the local partners in the community, researchers and participants were able to acquire knowledge and discuss problems and solutions related to indigenous food, agriculture, livelihood, ethnobotany, culture, among others.

The activity was the first SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping Adventure conducted by DOST XI this year. It was organized and facilitated by the DOST’s GRIND Program in partnership with DSSC and United Nations Development Programme Philippines (UNDP Philippines).

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