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DAVAO DEL SUR – An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Kiblawan, Davao del Sur was the first to avail technical and funding assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) Program in Davao Region.

Mr. Garry G. Fiel, owner and manager of MEG’S Printing Supply, a sole proprietorship enterprise in Davao del Sur that offers printing services and school supplies, successfully completed the first and second phases of the iFWD PH Program.

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To promote sustainability and resiliency, SM Prime Holdings in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) launched an exhibit last February 24, 2022 at SM City Davao, Ecoland, Davao City.

Dubbed as “Connecting Today to Tomorrow”, the exhibit featured DOST’s initiatives such as disaster relief goods, hazard and risk assessment tools, and disaster risk reduction monitoring and warning systems.

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With the vision of establishing Davao Food Terminal Complex (DFTC) as the first hub of packaging technology transfer for fresh and semi-processed agricultural produce in Mindanao, the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) Packaging Technology Division and DOST Region XI, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Davao City for the implementation of the DOST-DFTC Project on January 18, 2022 via Zoom platform.  

Funded under the DOST Smart Food Value Chain Program, this Project aims to upgrade the existing post-harvest and packaging technology of fruits of vegetables at DFTC to reduce its handling damage and spoilage by 20%. Through DFTC, farmers will be able to directly sell their products to supermarkets, hotels, convenience stores, and fast-food chains and increase their income by 20-30% through enhancing the quality of products and reducing spoilage of whole and semi-processed commodities like mango, pomelo, papaya, lettuce, broccoli, and carrots.

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The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of food security, food safety, and self-sufficiency among nations. With the growing demand for food, the advancement and tremendous scope in the field of Food Science and Technology has been very promising in addressing the following concerns: improvement in the quality of food, food safety, elimination of diseases, food security, affordability costs of food items, better preservation techniques, and lesser food wastage among others.

Food technology ensures sustainable food production systems and implements resilient practices that increase productivity, which as a result, strengthens the capacity of communities to produce alternative food choices and maintain the expansion of our current food supply.

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Technology business incubators (TBIs) from different Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Davao Region, spearheaded by UP Mindanao Growing and Developing Enterprises (UPGRADE), recently concluded the Region XI Startup Community Dialogue on January 14, 2022, via Zoom platform.

The Innovation and Development Accelerators Consortium for Startups in Davao or IDEAS Davao aims to establish the first Startup Consortium in Mindanao and provide an avenue for incubators, accelerators, government agencies, private sector, investors, and community-based organizations to discuss pertinent issues and address challenges that will shape the landscape of the region's startup ecosystem.