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Basilan IDPs receive livelihood trainings from DOST

By Rene V. Carbayas

Isabela City, Basilan (25 June) -- The internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in Basilan have recently received training programs from the Department of Science and Technology.

DOST-Basilan had recently conducted its livelihood trainings and transferred technologies on cassava, banana, coconut, fruits, and fish processing cum packaging at Maluso, Lantawan municipalities and Barangay Baas in Lamitan City.

DOST Provincial Director Myra Alih said that this project is DOST’s response to the humanitarian Caravan for HELP-Basilan. The Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade (SET-Up) of the DOST funded the said project amounting to P70,000.00 with the DOST-ARMM counterpart of almost P20,000.

The participants are mostly internally displaced people (IDP) coming from conflict-affected areas in Basilan that evacuated in Maluso, Lantawan, and part of Lamitan.

The training in Maluso, which was conducted last April 21-23, 2009 was participated by IDPs from barangays Townsite, Canas and Mahayahay. In the municipality of Lantawan, the participants are coming from barangays Canibungan, Upper Bañas, Pamukalin, Parian Baunuh and Calayan which was conducted last April 28-30, 2009.

Ms Alih said the training in Lantawan was fully supported by its Local Chief Executive Tahira Ismael, who was present during the hands-on demonstration sessions.

The internally displaced people of Baas, Lamitan City also benefitted from the training last May 7, 2009, which were participated by some MILF combatants with their wives and children.

With HELP (Health, Education, and Livelihood for Peace) Phase II DOST-Basilan was able to serve some 210 participants and six barangays in the province. Alih said that the LGU is willing to sustain the project in as much as the utensils and ingredients needed are readily available in every kitchen of the Basileño.

The technologies transferred by the DOST-Basilan are tailor-fit to the available agricultural crops and resources of the area. Packaging and labeling was also included to improve their processed product and ready for marketing. Myra M. Alih, PSTD DOST-Basilan and her staff trained the said participants.

HELP-II was a follow up program of DOST-Basilan after the initial success of the first HELP caravan last year. In HELP 1 various government agencies gathered in one area to deliver services. (DOST/PIA9-BST) [top]

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