Turn-over ceremony of livelihood equipment to eCEST beneficiaries with PSTD Maricel Sicat, Regional Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat and Mayor Shierwin H. Taay
The Department of Science and Technology thru the Expanded Implementation of CEST in Region III turned over livelihood equipment to the Samahang Ugnayan ng Mag-iisda ng Paltik and Ibona Small Coconut Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Dingalan, Aurora last September 10, 2019. The activity was attended by the DOST III Regional Director Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DOST-Aurora Provincial Director Maricel M. Sicat and Hon. Mayor Shierwin H. Taay of Dingalan and the eCEST project beneficiaries. The project is expected to improve processing operations, product quality, and as well as generate greater income and employment for the members.
In 2018, the PSTC-Aurora together with eCEST staff Mr. Ralph Louie C. Binene conducted the Technology Needs Assessment to the organizations. The Samahang Ugnayan ng Mag-iisda ng Paltik produces fish products like fish longganisa, fish tocino, tuna flakes, and tunapa. Meanwhile, the Ibona Small Coconut Multi-Purpose Cooperative produces coco jam and will soon start making buko pie. To enhance and make the production technique and method more efficient, the DOST III proposed necessary and appropriate technological assistance which accounted for P1M worth of livelihood equipment.
The turn-over ceremony started at 10:10 am at the Municipal hall of Dingalan, Aurora. SB members and ex-MAO Mrs. Zenia Abaya expressed their message of gratitude for being selected as one of the municipalities covered by eCEST. Mayor Shierwin H. Taay meanwhile, encouraged the beneficiaries to make use of the funds provided by the government and left a phrase, “Bigyan mo ng isda ang isang tao at kakain siya sa loob ng isang araw, ngunit turuan mo siyang mangisda at kakain siya habambuhay”.
DOST III - Regional Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat supplemented the message delivered by Mayor Taay and added that the success of these projects depend on the perseverance of the beneficiaries and ended his message with his catch phrase, “Believe in Science, it works”.
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