Zamboanga del Sur remote village gets solar dryer project

ZAMBOANGA. A community in far-flung village in San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur is set to receive a solar dryer from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. A photo handout shows soldiers and Tesda personnel cross a rive as they carry solar panels to the beneficiary-community. (SunStar Zamboanga)

RESIDENTS in a remote village of Zamboanga del Sur are set to have a solar dryer build in their community courtesy of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

In a statement Friday, August 14, 2020, the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion said the beneficiary of the project, the groundbreaking of which was held recently, are the residents of Purok 3 in Ocapan village, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.

Solar dryers are devices that use solar energy to dry substances, especially food.

The project, once in place, will help the residents of Purok 3 in Ocapan village to dry up their harvest in large quantities with less risk of contamination.

In turn, farmers will be able to market their produce in less time, translating to a higher income compared to one without a solar dryer.

The Barangay Solar Dryer was under the Zamboanga del Sur Integrated Community Assistance and Rural Enterprise (iCare), a project of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) chaired by Tesda.

The program of Tesda is aligned with the mandates of Executive Order No. 70 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which seeks to institutionalize the Whole of Nation approach mandating the creation of TF-ELCAC. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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