The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) turned over two units of specimen collection booths (SCBs) to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City on June 23, 2020.

These SCBs will serve as protective barrier between the medical frontliner and the suspected COVID-19 patient. Positive Pressure is maintained inside the booth using a pressure sensor to prevent outside contamination from getting inside the booth.

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Addressing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) launches its initiative on “Manok at Itlog sa Pamayanan,” which is one of the subcomponents of “Pagkain at Kabuhayan” under the GALING-PCAARRD Kontra Covid-19 program.

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Do you know that other than being added to Filipinos’ favorite monggo or ensalada, alugbati can also be combined with wheat flour to make egg noodles? 

Finding intrinsic value in this vegetable, a team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Mindanao developed a product using alugbati leaves powder, which is a good source of vitamin A, as an ingredient in fresh egg noodles.

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The corona virus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has driven the engines of creativity and innovation – often not the primary priority for most organizations – forward in every pocket of communities in Davao Region. Even though the pandemic has posed a range of development concerns, such as the need to adapt to a new normal which involves new norms of safety measures in public spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it has also unveiled the Filipino Diskarte System which is an innate capacity to learn and adapt ideas to local needs.

One of the most effective ways to combat COVID-19 and the new normal is by promoting empowerment and building resilience among communities through the development and deployment of grassroots innovations (GIs). This is the strategy of DOST XI with its Program on Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND). The GRIND Program enables the marginalized communities to adapt to the current and upcoming challenges under the new normal and to build resilience among them by employing GIs that can address the problems in their localities brought by the pandemic.



When the country imposed the nationwide community quarantine amid the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), worry and uncertainty clouded the minds of many, especially the poor, who are unprepared of the sudden restrictions in movement and economic activity. Despite this, Scholars of the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) were among the first to organize themselves to do volunteer work in their localities.

DOST officials are amazed with the various initiatives done by its scholars - both ongoing and scholar-graduates.