Uniformed men and the civilians met for a common cause to fight against malnutrition in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) of Kapalong, Davao del Norte. As a jumpstart, personnel from the 60th Philippine Army Infantry Battalion (60IB), the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), and members of the Council of Women (KCW) in the municipality actively took part in the Blended Training-Workshop on Meal Management and Safe Food Handling on August 24-26,2021. Virtual lectures were conducted in the morning while workshops and demonstrations were performed in the afternoon.  

“To fight malnutrition, we need accurate data, correct information, and innovative technologies”. This was underscored by Ms. Josie Gonzales, Science Research Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). Her team of experts taught the participants on Safe Food Handling, Meal Planning, Basic Nutrition Concepts, Food Buying, Food Storage and Preparation, and Food Costing and Control. They introduced Pinggang Pinoy which means healthy food plate for Filipinos.  It is a balance of macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats plus micronutrients such as minerals and vitamins that should be included in daily meals to attain a healthy diet.

SETI Scorecard

Science, engineering, technology, and innovation (SETI) constantly progress and contribute towards economic development and social progress, hence, serving as enabling mechanisms in providing effective and evidence-based solutions to emerging developmental challenges.

According to UNESCO, research and development (R&D) can foster sustainable development by building greener, more inclusive societies. For it to be effective, infrastructure development, technology transfer and both public and private R&D initiatives need to be nurtured and regulated through effective policies. To ensure that scientific progress is nurtured and considered at all levels, UNESCO promotes the development of SETI scorecard as tool in assessing the contribution of SETI Projects in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the goal of providing a tool for SETI champions, policy makers, funding institutions, and other SETI partners in Davao, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga to measure the responsiveness of specific SETI projects in attaining global goals, NSTEP Mindanao I through the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), in collaboration with the Hydrology for Environment, Life, and Policy (HELP) Davao Network and National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) conducted a Workshop on SETI Scorecard for SDGs on September 7, 2021 via Zoom.

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DAVAO DEL SUR- Even during a pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) continuously advocates for environmental preservation to counter the unfavorable impacts of climate change.  Through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao del Sur, the agency participated in a Tree Planting Activity under the Save and Protect Ragobrob Watershed Program of the Local Government Unit of Sta. Cruz at Ragobrob Watershed, Brgy. Saliducon, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur last September 28, 2021.  

“Let’s vault in!” This was the tagline of partners and stakeholders representing the Pentahelix sectoral groups of Davao del Sur who converged for the Provincial Science and Technology (S&T) Planning Workshop of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The Provincial Science and Technology Center of Davao del Sur (PSTC DS) kicked off the first among the series of Provincial/Division S&T Planning Workshops for the entire Davao Region on September 17, 2021 via online meeting platform. The planning workshop aimed to gather relevant inputs from different sectors on various issues and concerns which can be addressed through the DOST’s programs, projects, and activities.

DAVAO DE ORO – Research is civilization’s backbone to continuous development. Thus, learning to do research in a proper platform with seasoned researchers as mentors will enable aspiring researchers to do research in the future. The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office XI (DOST XI) through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao de Oro (PSTC-DO) conducted a 3-day webinar for Davao de Oro high school teachers entitled “Developing Research Proposals: A Capability Building for High School Teachers” last August 6,16, and 24, 2021.