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A group composed of students from the University of Mindanao (UM) – Davao City Campus will be the sole startup group to represent the Philippines in the Hult Prize 2021 on August 8 to September 12, 2021, at Ashridge Castle, London, United Kingdom.

The Alipugpug Tech Solution is a technology-based startup that aims to provide solutions on agricultural services. It is composed of seven students from UM namely: Elpedio Corbeta Jr., John Kaiser Taylaran, Daniel Navarro, Jeremiah Malalis, Kim Aliya Tomaro, Steph Kier Ponteras, and Dale Viñalon. The team offers healthy market ecosystem through digital platforms and solutions that will help small-scale farmers gain competitive advantage in the market.

ARENA leads Vaccination for Govt Employees

A total of 2,000 government employees from different government agencies in Davao City received their first dose of COVID 19 vaccine through the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA XI) – led Resbakuna last June 30 to July 2, 2021 in three different sites, namely: University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao), University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP)-Obrero Campus, and Police Regional Office XI in Camp Catitipan.

ARENA XI, in partnership with the City Health Office (CHO), Department of Health Region XI (DOH XI), UP Mindanao, USEP-Obrero, PNP XI, and the local government of Davao City aims to vaccinate an estimated 15,000 government employees in different agencies through its three vaccination sites.


DAVAO DE ORO – The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) granted a total of ₱1,505,650.00 to the Compostela Valley State College (CVSC) for the implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Project in the province.

DOST XI, through its Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) - Davao de Oro will be releasing the said amount for the procurement of supplies and equipment such as Cacao Processing machines, Decorticating Machine for Abaca Fiber Extraction for Weaving Activities, Wooden Loom Machines, and Packaging Materials. These will be used for the roll out of the CEST Project aimed to benefit the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas, Indigenous People groups, and others in Andap and Manurigao, New Bataan.

MOA Signing with SPAMAS for RD Projects

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL – A total of P199,070 funding support was granted by the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) to the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) for the conduct of two research & development (R&D) projects related to food processing.

DOST XI, through its Provincial Science and Technology Center – Davao Occidental (PSTC-Davao Occidental), funded the said project in support to the goal of promoting local food research that can help Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the food industry to improve the quality of their existing products and develop and commercialize new ones thereby, increasing their competitiveness in local and export markets.

Food Safety Webinar Series

In time for the celebration of the World Food Safety Day, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) capped off its four-part Food Safety Webinar Series on June 7, 2021, with a total of 702 participants.

The webinar series aimed to provide the participants valuable insights to help their business improve it food safety program. This was hosted by DOST MindaDOST Regions IX, X, XI, XII, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), in partnership with the 3M Philippines - Food Safety Department and was facilitated by the DOST XI Food Safety Team.