DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region XI, thru its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao Oriental, entered into a partnership with the Municipal Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tarragona for the implementation of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Project.
Mayor Nestor L. Uy of LGU Tarragona and Provincial Science and Technology Center-Davao Oriental Director, Ms. Sharon M. Alegado led the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement held on April 27, 2021 at the Municipal Building of Tarragona, Davao Oriental.
CEST is one of DOST’s flagship programs for communities which aims to provide livelihood and alleviate poverty in remote communities through Science and Technology interventions. Its target beneficiaries include communities in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), communities with conflicts, women's organizations, members of marginalized sectors and indigenous groups.
Under the agreement, DOST will release Php 800,000.00 fund to LGU Tarragona for the acquisition/fabrication of all the equipment and materials for the implementation of the identified and approved technological interventions under Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM+CCA) and Environmental Protection and Conservation. The partnership also seeks to develop a pool of individuals trained on DRRM, CCA, and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and to increase resilience of community to disaster risks and climate change.
Mayor Uy warmly welcomed the DOST’s planned interventions and committed to provide all the necessary support for the successful implementation of the project. The implementation of CEST in Tarragona in CY 2021 was made possible thru the Congress-Introduced Increases (CII) funding.
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