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 Coco coir products. Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro (left) on a recent visit to DOST-assisted projects in Mindanao areas was briefed on the rudiments of knocking together coco coir products (inset) by Rotchie Ravelo, plant manager of Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprise, Inc., a non-government organization that received P977,150 for machineries upgrade under DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program(SETUP). The grant allowed DOCHSEI to raise production, hire 120 workers, and contribute significantly to agricultural waste management in the province. [Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service]

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