Participated by 15 barangays, ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan aims to provide a one-stop-shop delivery of government services to far-flung municipalities with high incidence of poverty as identified by the National Economic and Development Authority. Don Marcelino is a 3rd class municipality located 111 kilometers away from the provincial center, Digos City.
Various activities such as the turn over ceremony of various supplies and equipment for the constituents, consultative dialogue with the LGU and information dissemination drive were conducted during the caravan which were participated by about 30 national line agencies.
DOST XI turned over to the Local Government Unit (LGU) the 5 units potter’s wheel and 6 units metal brick molders for livelihood project on pottery and bricks making; 4 units water filters/purifiers for access to safe and clean drinking water thus reducing the incidence of water-related diseases in children and adults; 1 unit Automated Rain Gauge for obtaining real-time weather situations in the community and for disaster preparedness.
Moreover, DOST XI turned over 2 units external hard drives which contain science and technology information materials (STARBOOKS Project) to Lawa Central Elementary School and Don Marcelino Maruya Elementary School in addition to the 2 units which were installed in Lawa and Don Marcelino National High Schools. DOST XI also conducted technology demonstration on Laundry soap and Liquid dishwashing making to develop the skills of the locale and create more avenues for income generation. Materials for soap making were then turned over to the Association of Barangay Captains which will be used for their return techno demo in other barangays.
Don Marcelino is the target municipality of DOST XI for its program, Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology, which aims to make science and technology more tangible at the grassroots level with the end view of improving the quality of life of rural people and reducing the incidence of poverty.