THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Bukidnon has turned over one unit of computerized embroidery machine with advanced embroidery software to Kababayin-an Kaabag sa Kalambuan (KKK) in San Isidro, Talakag, Bukidnon.

Kababayin-an Kaabag sa Kalambuan (KKK) is a DOLE-registered women's organization based in Talakag that has been in garment-making since 2018. During the height of the pandemic, the group organized an "oplan facemask" initiative where all members sewed and distributed facemasks to the community for free.

According to DOST, KKK opted to outsource the embroidery-related services from other shops in the neighboring cities due to lack of technology.

The turnover of the new technology is part of DOST-Bukidnon's project that cost P577,440 under the agency's Community Empowerment through Science and Technology program.

The project will support the advocacy of revitalizing local embroidery among the people of Talakag and create innovative handicrafts by infusing science and technology.

Using the new machine, the women's organization anticipates an increased income of at least 40 percent in its first year of operation.