KIDAPAWAN CITY – DOST XII once again joined the NAC Caravan (Nagkakaisang Adhikain para sa Cotabateños Lokal Serbisyo) last November 19 at Brgy. Balabag, Kidapawan, North Cotabato.
Mobilized thru Governor Nancy Catamco, NAC Caravan is being carried-out by the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) together with various agencies of the government in line with Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Brgy. Balabag is one of the 36 identified ELCAC community beneficiaries of the province. It can be recalled that DOST XII also participated in the same activity conducted earlier at Brgy Amabel, Magpet.
“The best approach to bringing the benefits of science, technology and innovation closer to the people in the countryside is to reach out to the community in person,” shared OIC-RD Engr. Sammy P. Malawan, CESE.
Seeing crowd of children happily participating the activity, Engr. Malawan immediately made a remark that DOST XII will provide STARBOOKS unit for the benefit of everyone in the community.
STARBOOKS (Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Station) as Provincial Director Michael Mayo elaborated is the first ‘science digital library’ in the country known as the ‘library-in-a-box’ which can be used even without internet connection, making it a highly effective tool for knowledge and learning resource in remote or far-flung areas, providing greater access to latest information on science, technology and innovation.
“Mobalik mi diri para ma organize namo mga proyekto nga makatabang ninyo” (We will come back to organize projects which will benefit you all), Engr. Malawan pointed out in his message during the activity.
Among the assistance he mentioned which DOST XII can provide in the barangay include the installation of early warning devices to prevent/ mitigate disaster risk such as the Automated Weather Station (AWS) and the Automated Rain Gauge (ARG).
According to him, DOST XII will also provide livelihood assistance in the form of techno-trainings, consultancy services and provision of equipment depending upon results of the technology needs assessment conducted.
The people were encouraged to approach the DOST XII booth where designated staff conducted preliminary inquiries for profiling of needed S&T interventions.
“Karong adlawa, lipay mi manghatag og inisyal nga hinabang,” (Today, we are happy to give you initial assistance) Engr. Malawan said, referring to bags and other school supplies for the children.
Engr. Malawan hoped that the school supplies distributed will somehow be of help in encouraging the young ones to study and learn more at home in preparation for school, especially concerning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. DOST scholarship programs were also introduced in the community.