The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI)’s Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND) Program, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program in the Philippines – Accelerator Lab, successfully conducted the SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping Adventure held in Sitio Mangga, Barangay Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on May 14, 2021.
“SalikLakbay”, is a combination of the words ‘Saliksik’ (to explore/ research) and ‘Lakbay’ (to journey/go in an adventure). It aims to identify grassroots innovations and solutions and assess the needs and opportunities in the community where DOST can provide science and technology interventions to address certain problems.
All SalikLakbay participants/researchers called “SalikLakbayers” were guided off into a ravine in the middle of Barangay Dagohoy, Talaingod. A group of 15 researchers have immersed in the Ata-Manobo Community in the said barangay. The community showcased how they utilize local innovations to find solutions to the different challenges. Among the grassroots innovations found during the activity were the “Bagtok”, “Apusao” plant and “Hagonoy” plant.
Bagtok is a family of the bamboo tree usually found in the forest. Bagtok can be used as a raw material to produce or create products such as “liyang”, a multipurpose basket which comes in many sizes and designs crafted by the women of the community. Another innovation is the “Apusao” plant, an edible plant which can be cooked in different ways or recipes. The group of researchers also found out that “Hagonoy” plant leaves have the potential to be used for wound healing.
On the same day, Travel Vlogger and Influencer, Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann, also known as “Becoming Filipino”, was officially recognized as the GRIND Program's Ambassador. As Ambassador, Kulas made blogs/vlogs about the grassroots solutions found during the activity.
The SalikLakbay was conducted with the efforts of the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Davao del Norte, and in partnership with the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP).
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