Author: Monette C. Buraga, PA II, PSTC-Bataan

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) jointly turned-over to the local government unit of Brgy. Palili in Samal town food processing equipment and Juan Time Clock with Display Messaging Board which are some of the project components of Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program being implemented in the locality.

The equipment included band sealer and vegetable slicer which will be used for the livelihood project of the project beneficiaries.  The Juan Time Clock with Display Messaging Board, on the other hand, is for the promotion of the observance of Philippine Standard Time as an important aspect of achieving economic development. 

The turn-over ceremony was conducted at the newly retrofitted building that will house the livelihood project.

DOST-Bataan Provincial S&T Director Ms. Catalina V. De Leon-Cruz (3rd from L) and officials from BPSU including Research Director Ms. Ma. Florinda Rubiano (2nd from left) and College of Technology Dean Dr. Ariel Bongco (2nd from right) graced the activity and delivered their respective messages for the attendees.

Mr. Alvin James Gonzales (6th from left), a member of the project team from BPSU gave a brief orientation about the project including the timeline and line-up of training programs for the community to capacitate them to manage and operate the project.

Others present during the activity include Brgy. Palili Councilor Hon. Jasmin Bidee (1st from the left), DOST Bataan staff Ms. Monette Buraga (3rd from the left), DOST Bataan staff Mr. Jerwin Vianzon (4th from the left), BPSU Faculty Ms. Rowena Valerio (3rd from the right), and Brgy. Palili Chairman Hon. Benjamin Layola (1st from the right).

The eCEST Program in Region 3 has been implemented since 2018 through the funding support from Senator Joel Villanueva.