April. 24, 2019
Three technologies from the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) were handed over to the Maranao People Development Center, Inc. (MARADECA, Inc.) for the livelihood and development of the Marawi siege victims on April 10-11, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol, Marawi City.
One of the technologies was the Essential Oil Extractor which extracts essential oils from Citronella Grass and other plant materials that are abundant in Marawi City.
Essential oils are the aroma-giving constituents of aromatic plants. These oils are water-insoluble organic liquids or solids.
The second was the Charcoal Briquetting Equipment which was made up of ITDI Modified Drum Carbonizer, Crusher, Mixer, and Manual Briquettor.
Briquetting is a process of molding or compacting materials such as charcoal fines of biomass or coal, with or without binder under pressure.
The other technology was the Tea Bag Processing Equipment. The participants were trained on herbal processing from the collection of plant materials to Herbal Tea and Herbal Capsule production.
The Marawi IDPs were able to processed Moringa Herbal Tea and Turmeric Herbal Tea out of the collected Moringa and Turmeric plant materials.
The three equipment are now available anytime for the use and livelihood of the Marawi IDPs.
Aside from the turned-over equipment, DOST-ITDI also trained the Maranaos on Personal and Home Care products wherein the participants were able to produce Dishwashing Liquid, Hand Wash, and different kinds of soap.
The conduct of the activity was in collaboration with DOST, DOST-ITDI, Task Force Bangon Marawi, NDRRMC, The Ethne Essence Project, LGU-Marawi, and the Province of Lanao del Sur.
Together, they expected an impact of improved living quality of Maranaos through sustainable livelihood programs using their natural resources.
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