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Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental- True to their calling as the new breed of patriots, some 28 scholars of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have participated recently in the “Training on Emergency First Aid” by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Negros Oriental Chapter held on May 6, 2022, at the Negros Oriental State University-Main Campus I (NORSU).
The said training is part of the Patriot Scholar Program of the DOST-Science Education Institute in partnership with DOST Negros Oriental.
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Participants and organizers take a short breather during the three-day training on cassava production.
Cassava, a staple on Filipino tables, is a versatile crop that can be made into a variety of products. It is a major source of livelihood for farmers in the upland Tanay, Rizal with a bountiful harvest, giving growers a sizeable margin for profit.
And to enhance the knowledge and skills of the farmers in cassava production, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office IV-A (DOST IV-A) in the partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform-Rizal Province (DAR-Rizal) jointly conducted a three-day training on cassava production with the Organization of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Farmers of Inalsan, Inc. (OARBFII) held from 4-6, May 2022.
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(From left to right) DOST Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza, REIINN Technical Lead Philip Martinez, EIAPI President Vic Gruet, Deped-Rizal Education Program Supervisor in Science Robert Dela Cruz, Tanay Municipal Mayor Rex Manuel Tanjuatco, DepEd-Tanay Public Schools District Supervisor Melissa Garrovillas, and Brgy. San Andres Chairperson Darwin Dela Rosa broke ground for LokaLTE tower.
Resilient Education Information Infrastructure for the New Normal (REIINN) project has commenced the construction of its first LokaLTE Base Station in San Andres Elementary School, Tanay, Rizal, on 24 May 2021.
At the official groundbreaking ceremony, the Project REIINN team led by Technical Lead Philip Martinez was joined by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Rizal Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza, Electronic Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EIAPI) Vice President Vic Gruet, Department of Education (DepEd)
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A cheap, user-friendly, and robust paper-based device that can be used by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in determining the total polyphenol content (TPC) of tea-based beverages – specifically, sweet potato leaf extract (SPLE)-based tea beverage products - was developed by researchers from the University of the Philippines.
In their study on “Paper-based Device for the Detection and Quantification of Total Polyphenols in Plant-based Beverages for Potential Use in Quality Assurance Purposes,” a team of researchers saw the need for local manufacturers to assess the polyphenol content of their product to ensure food quality. Since such assessment devices are often costly, the team developed a similar device which can be both reliable and affordable for the SMEs.