Written by Jesse M. Pine, PSTD, DOST-Oriental Mindoro
Friday, 23 May 2014

In an effort to sustain the economic gains the government has been championing over the years, DOST-MIMAROPA responded to the call for a unified effort in addressing the needs of the people in the countryside while preparing the vulnerable communities to become more knowledgeable in responding to natural calamities.

DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay awarded technological assistance to four (4) SETUP beneficiaries in the food processing and one (1) MSME in GHD sector during a ceremonial awarding conducted in Brgy. Ipil in the municipality of Bongabong on February 26, 2014, in cooperation with the 2nd Congressional District Office of Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali.

Also awarded were hydrometeorological devices. The municipality of Mansalay received two (2) units Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs) and two (2) units Water Level Monitoring Stations (WLMSs); Bongabong received one (1) unit WLMS; and Gloria received two (2) units of ARGs and one (1) unit WLMS. These devices serve as early warning systems in areas vulnerable to flash floods.

Similarly, the DOST official has also granted the Complementary Baby Food (CBF) equipment line, developed by DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), to the municipality of Bulalacao. The town is one of the areas under DOST’s Community Empowerment through S&T (CEST) Program which aims to address and alleviate poverty incidence through showcasing and piloting of High Impact Technology Solutions (HITS).

In another development, Dr. Abilay together with Ms. Marylou Fernando, a local consolidator and exporter, visited the Handloom Weaving and Dyeing Facilities in Waygan, Mansalay. The visitors witnessed the members of Mansalay Corn-based Farmer-Scientists Association (MCFSA) produce shawls, place mats, and table runners with anabo fibers. The project is implemented through the collaborative efforts of DOST-MIMAROPA, Department of Labor and Employment IV-B (DOLE IV-B), and the Local Government Unit of Mansalay (LGU-Mansalay). It is the first weaving facility in the province which utilizes indigenous fiber from the anabo plant (Abroma augusta) that thrives well in the area.