The Department of Science and Technology XI - Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (DOST XI - GRIND) Program through the Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao del Sur (PSTC - DS) successfully conducted an alignment meeting with stakeholders from the different government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Davao del Sur on March 22, 2022 at the Avenue One Hotel, Digos City.

The meeting aimed to disseminate information and establish strategic partnerships to support the implementation of GRIND Program and the conduct of its related activities in Davao del Sur. The GRIND Program generally aims to strengthen and intensify grassroots innovations -innovative products, process or technology created by people from the countryside, usually due to necessity or challenges.

DOST XI Science Research Specialist II and Officer-In-Charge of the GRIND unit, Engr. Howell Adrian Ong, introduced the SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping, a research tool or activity that identifies and captures Grassroots Innovations (GIs) emanating from grassroots communities. SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping is vital to acquire new knowledge on indigenous plants, crafts, and other GIs which emerged within the community. GRIND Region XI Focal, Engr. Ian Dave P. Corteza, also shared the plans of DOST XI’s GRIND Program to conduct SalikLakbay Solutions Mapping in the grassroots communities in Davao del Sur

The participants expressed their appreciation on DOST XI’s initiative to bring Science and Technology (S&T) closer to the grassroots communities thru the GRIND Program. The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Davao del Sur representative, Mr. Eric O. Marteja, mentioned that “the innovations from the grassroots are aplenty, they just need to be assisted to attain sustainability and provided with a sure market”.


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