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Author: Kim L. Ravelo, PA-II, PSTC-Nueva Ecija

The Department of Science and Technology, Provincial Science and Technology Center Nueva Ecija (DOST PSTC-NE) has partnered with the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) for the implementation of community development projects that will benefit the towns of Cuyapo Pantabangan and Gabaldon in the said province.

A check amounting to P1,781,121 was recently turned over to CLSU to finance projects identified through the conduct of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Technology Need Assessment (TNA) activities in the three (3) municipalities. The CLSU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) will implement the projects. 

Although squash is one of the main agricultural produce in Pantabangan and Cuyapo, the large volume of harvest forces the farmers to sell at lower prices. A large part of their harvest also morally end up rotting in markets. In Gabldon, on the other hand, stone collected from the Dupinga River is a main source of livelihood especially to the group of indigenous people called Dumagats who live in the area. 

Trainings as well as processing equipment and capacity building activities to address these challenges have been lined up for the beneficiaries to ensure the sustainability of the projects.

Miss Ledi Mel B. Sicat, DOST Nueva Ecija Provincial Director said that by providing S&T-based interventions to assist these communities, use of local resources are maximized to generate income and employment.

These projects are part of the expanded implementation implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program which is ably supported by Sen. Joel Villanueva.

Ceremonial Fund transfer Photo Op, from the right Ms. Leidi Mel B. Sicat, Provincial Director, Professor Flopper Gershwin Manuel, Mr. Jan Vincent Abella, Dr Jay C. Santos, Dean CASS and Professor Oliva M. Parico.

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