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DAVAO OCCIDENTAL – In order to strengthen and promote science and technology education in the country, the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao Occidental (PSTC-DOcc) conducted a 3-day webinar on October 18-20, 2021 via Zoom platform.

The webinar entitled “Language Strategies in Teaching Science and Mathematics” was organized in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) Davao Occidental and the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) under the project Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR).

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Helping Indigenous Peoples (IPs) communities prepare for unpredictable extreme weather conditions, the Ata-Manobo tribe in Barangay Dagohoy and Barangay Sto. Niño, Talaingod, Davao del   Norte participated in the Breadfruit Propagation Training last October 12, 2021.

The activity was made possible through the joint efforts of the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) through its Provincial of Science and Technology Center of Davao del Norte (PSTCDN), the Local Government of Talaingod, and the Action for Skills Knowledge Education and Wellness (ASKEDWELL).

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As part of its initiatives in providing science and technology (S&T)-based assistance in conflict-prone barangays, the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), through its Davao City Science and Technology Center (CSTC), distributed food packs and conducted livelihood trainings to the residents of Brgy. Lumiad, Paquibato, Davao City on October 14-15, 2021.

In partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Barangay Paquibato Proper and Barangay Lumiad and 27th Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, a total of 100 food packs, each containing iron fortified rice and enhanced nutribun, were distributed to indigent families. As supplementary feeding, the first batch of iron-fortified rice and vitamin-enriched powdered milk were also given to the 50 identified pre-school children who suffer from malnutrition in the community.

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To bring science, technology, and innovation (STI) closer to the people, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) partnered with CNN Philippines for the relaunch of "Siyensikat", a 30-minute magazine reality show highlighting DOST flagship programs and services. The show’s format will help Filipino “wishers” find solution to their problems through the science-based solutions and innovations created by DOST experts.

During its second episode aired last October 9, 2021, the Siyensikat featured the Halal Verification Laboratory (HVL) and its products and services spearheaded by the DOST XI, in partnership with DOST Calabarzon and DOST- Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin), in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK, has successfully completed the One Health Omics Project, a week-long free online bioinformatics workshop from October 11-16, 2021.

Out of 124 applicants, only 40 were shortlisted to participate in the workshop composed of faculty members, clinicians, and researchers from different regions in Mindanao.