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12 barangays benefit in DOST Basilan's food processing training

Zamboanga City (7 August) -- The Department of Science and Technology-ARMM (DOST-Basilan) conducted series of trainings in 12 barangays in Basilan on separate dates from June 9 to July 7, 2008. These training were part of the deliverables and commitment promised during the HELP Humanitarian Caravan held last January 22 and 23, 2008 in the province.

The municipalities of Al-Barka, Ungkaya Pukan, Sumisip and Tipo -Tipo Municipalities are the recipients of the said projects.

The training on Cassava, Banana, Coconut, Fruits, and Fish processing cum Packaging Trainings, which was financed by DOST Small Enterprise Technology-Upgrade (SET-UP) in the amount of one hundred twenty thousand pesos (P120,000.00) for the traveling expenses of the trainers and the meals and snacks of the participants.

The DOST-ARMM had also augmented the fund for the purchase of utensils and ingredients needed for the trainings.

However there were three barangays from the municipality of Al-Barka who were not able to avail of the said program due to the peace and order situations of the said area since it is the haven of both the MILF and the ABUSAYAF groups. Instead, the intended trainings were diverted to the 6 barangays of Lamitan City.

There were 12 target barangays but the actual numbers of barangays are 15 namely: Baranagy Banah, Bohelebbung, Tipo-Tipo Proper, Materling, Tong Bato, Bohe Pahu, Sapah Bulak, Etub-Etub, Tumahubong, Malakas, Maligaya, Malinis, Matatag, Colonia and Barangay Kulay Bato.

The said trainings were spearheaded by Myra M. Alih, Provincial Science and Technology Officer under the leadership of Secretary Macacuna L. Pangandaman and Sec. Estrella F. Alabastro of the DOST-National. (DOST/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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