THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Eastern Visayas turned over P76-million worth of post-Yolanda recovery projects on September 19 as part of the Regional Science and Technology Week celebration.
Bulk of the funds amounting to P35 million is intended for community projects that utilize locally-developed technologies. Tagged as beneficiaries are 45 local government units in the region, said DOST Regional Director Edgardo Esperancilla.
“Community projects aim to transfer technologies to beneficiaries along the areas of education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, and industry development or livelihood,” Esperancilla said.
Earlier, the DOST forged ties with state universities and colleges and took part in the implementation of community projects.
It also turned over some Starbooks, which contain thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio), placed in specially-designed pods set.
The National Government had set aside P12 million from the Yolanda Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (YRRP) for the installation of 225 digital library in schools.
YRRP is the government’s reconstruction master plan for areas ravaged by the super typhoon on November 8, 2013.
Part of the YRRP is the P10-million outlay to finance existing science and technology livelihood projects and enhance transaction of DOST field offices in the region.
About P9 million has also been allocated for the acquisition of e-trikes for distribution in different parts of the region. The electric-powered vehicle will significantly decrease carbon monoxide emission.
The project will also set up rapid electric vehicle charging stations. (PNA)