THE Province of Misamis Oriental has shown notable developments in science and technology this week, as two major projects were inaugurated.
On Thursday, March 14, the Provincial Government launched the province's first tissue culture laboratory in Sugbongcogon town to provide clean and culture hybrid seedlings for abaca, banana and orchid farmers and growers.
Governor Yevgeny Emano led the start-up operation of the around P5-million facility, in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agrarian Reform, and Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority in Northern Mindanao.
The Provincial Government has allocated another P2 million for the completion of the building.
Emano said propagation of abaca, banana, potato crops and even orchid will be made inside the facility, which is equipped with apparatuses needed for the entire breeding cycle of eight months. Emano assured that the facility will produce high-quality seedlings.
The governor also said he is eyeing Sugbongcogon town as orchid capital in Northern Mindanao, and he will also focus on other nearby towns of Lagonglong, Salay, Binuangan and Kinoguitan to concentrate on other crops.
"We are looking at huge investment here. We want Sugbongcogon to be the orchid capital and we will cluster towns like one town will focus on potato, one will focus on orchid and one or two towns will focus on Abaca," he said.
The Capitol's top official said farmers can buy the seedlings from the facility as cheap as P10-P15, but they are planning to make it free for the farmers soon.
Meanwhile, Emano led the groundbreaking of a planetarium on Friday, March 15, the first in Mindanao and third in the entire country, in Molugan, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.
The P50 million facility will rise in the 500 square-meter lot area beside the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather station.
Telescopes among other equipment will be seen inside the facility once it is finished.
"Kompleto kini sa kahimanan sama sa telescope nga makita gayud ang tanang anaa sa kawanangan (it is complete with equipment like telescope that can give visuals over the space)," provincial legal officer Neil Pacana said.
He said the Provincial Government has worked hard to have the planetarium built in the province. The planetarium has been eyed to be built in the province since March, last year.
The Capitol is expecting a huge economic improvement as soon as the facility will be erected in El Salvador City, as it will attract local and foreign tourists, since other planetariums are located in Manila and Iloilo.
On the other hand, Emano is also set to receive the "wind vane" award from the DOST next week.
The wind vane award is annually conducted to recognize the contribution and support of individuals and organizations to Pagasa's disaster risk reduction and management efforts.