The Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) through the Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao del Sur (PSTC Davao del Sur), spearheads the distribution of Radio Repeater and Immuno Analyzer equipment to identified beneficiaries of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Project in Sulop, Davao del Sur.

The equipment turnover was achieved through DOST XI's partnership with the Cor Jesu College - Br. Polycarp iComDev Foundation Inc.  (CJC–BPICDFI) and the Local Government Unit of Sulop. 

The ceremonial turnover was initiated by the Provincial Director of PSTC Davao del Sur, Ms. Leslie Pearl M. Cancio, with the Municipal Vice Mayor of Sulop, Hon. Willie Sanchez Villegas, and Executive Director of CJC–BPICDFI, Mrs. Maribel C. Guerraheld.

The team installed the DOST-funded Radio Repeater Machine that provides information and safety advice to the public in case of disaster to be utilized by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Sulop. DOST XI also handed over an Advanced Compact Immuno Analyzer with COVID-19 Antigen Test Kit to Sulop's Municipal Health Office. The Immuno analyzer is a DOH-FDA-approved tool for diagnosing conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and infections.

To help the community improve their livelihood communities, DOST XI also provided the Balasinon Bangus Deboning Association and the Balasinon Oyster Farmers Association with deboning and oyster processing tools. The DOST XI team also provided the neighboring barangays with egg incubators to boost the community's egg production activities. 

Vice Mayor Villegas expressed his gratitude to DOST XI and its partners highlighting that the provision of Science and Technology equipment is vital to the development of the community. 

He also urged the beneficiaries to value and take great care of the equipment provided. 

Through the provision of the equipment, DOST XI aspires to strengthen Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) and Marginalized Communities in Sulop to combat poverty and improve their quality of life.  

CEST is one of the flagship programs of DOST directed to empower resilient communities through the intervention of Science, Technology, and Innovation in identified communities. 

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