DAVAO OCCIDENTAL – Half million worth of S&T intervention was granted by the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI)  to the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) as part of its implementation of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Project in the province.

DOST XI, through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao Occidental, officially granted the said amount to support the goal of making coastal communities self-sufficient and food secure through the establishment of the Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC). The partnership was formalized through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on May 18, 2021.

The Center is a collaborative project by the different national agencies with SPAMAST that will provide avenue for the development of new and innovative products for commercialization.

For Calendar Year 2021, DOST XI will provide technological assistance for the acquisition of vacuum frying machine. Other partner agencies also committed to provide funding for the acquisition of other production equipment while SPAMAST will provide for the building facility which will be open for all constituents in the community especially the MSMEs for a fee.

The funding assistance to procure equipment for the establishment of the facility is part of the DOST XI’s roll-out of CEST Project in Barangays Demoloc, Pinalpalan, Little Baguio, Manuel Peralta, Mana, Lais, Fishing Village, in Davao Occidental to focus on all components, ensuring access to quality information that can be used to empower education and teaching techniques and provide opportunities to the marginalized sectors.

SPAMAST President, Dr. Ruth S. Lucero, Provincial Science and Technology Center – Davao Occidental Director, Ms. Maria Victoria I. Dado, and the SPAMAST IFMS Dean, Dr. Marlyn Llameg led the ceremonial signing of the MOA held at at SPAMAST, Malita, Davao Occidental.

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