To ensure utilization of locally produced technologies and support to S&T human resource, especially in the countryside, DOST Caraga partnered with local government units like LGU Bayugan City in bringing Science, Technology and Innovation efforts closer to the people.
Bayugan City local government unit, represented by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kirk Asis received Php 1,000,000.00 worth of project fund from DOST Caraga for the project entitled “Support to R&D Initiatives on Biodiversity and Environmental Management”, January 8, 2019.
Problems like threat to public health due to environmental degradation and no well-established sewerage systems in public market and slaughterhaouse pose critical challenges to Bayugan City. The Provincial Science and Technology Center of Agusan del Sur has established partnership with LGU Bayugan to help mitigate the problems with DOST’s technical assistance and database of technologies.
The project aims to install Vertical Helophyte Filter System, Eco-friendly septic tanks, both wastewater treatment systems in identified sites in Bayugan City. The Science and Technology Academic and Research Based Openly Operated Kiosk System or STARBOOKS, a DOST-developed information repository that features digital books, audios, and videos containing S&T information, will also be installed to computer libraries of schools in Bayugan City. Bayugan City LGU committed to counterpart another Php 1,000,000.00 for the purchase of hard disk drives and personal computers for STARBOOKS.
Dir. Mallonga discusses the line-item budget and project’s activities with SB Member Kirk Asis
DOST Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga hopes for the project to benefit the communities, public market, slaughterhouse and other environmentally compromised areas, and public schools in Bayugan City. Director Mallonga believes in partnership with agencies and doing counterpart to promote Science, Technology and Innovation efforts.
Hon. Kirk Asis expressed their gratitude to the project and committed to work for the expected outputs. The funds is allocated from DOST Caraga Local Grants-In-Aid budget. Bayugan City is a 5th class city in the first District of Agusan del Sur.