Three technologies from theDepartment 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,
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
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.
Marawi IDPs were trained on how to extract Citronella Oil using the Essential Oil
Marawi IDPs were taught how to use the Charcoal Briquetting Equipment.
The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an
effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and
innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.
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