CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Sept. 18 — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office here is continuously empowering communities in the region through the application of science and technology.
The DOST, through its program called Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), is providing S&T assistance to 11 peoples livelihood enterprises whose members include farmers, housewives, flower pickers, ice cream and mushroom producers in Anao, Tarlac.
In coordination with the local government unit of Anao, the DOST has conducted a series of consultations to the beneficiaries to identify their needs and determine the most appropriate interventions.
DOST regional director Victor Mariano said their agency has earlier provided a financial grant of P1 million to assist the beneficiaries' seven projects that include the veggie-noodles production, vermi-compost production, mushroom production, ice cream production, biogas production, smoked fish processing and upgrading of essential oil extraction facility.
Mariano said technical support was also provided by the community extension department of the Tarlac State University.
With the various S&T interventions, he said the productivity of the various projects of the 11 people's livelihood enterprises has improved a lot.
The DOST official said the mushroom production increased 100 percent through the provision of bag moulders and fruiting bag sterilizer, which significantly lowered the incidence of contamination.
Likewise, more efficient production and improved quality of ylang-ylang essential oil was obtained after the wood-fired oil extraction system was upgraded into a boiler system.
With the new system, citronella oil extraction was also made possible thus, optimizing the potential of this abundant resource.
This year, he said the DOST provided some P666,200 to further boost the economic gains of the program. (PNA)