The audience, composed of fisherfolk and their families,  listen to Congressman Benhur Salimbangon as he explains the need for a dialogue with the DOST officials to address their livelihood concerns.
The audience, composed of fisherfolk and their families, listen to Congressman Benhur Salimbangon as he explains the need for a dialogue with the DOST officials to address their livelihood concerns.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena assures the town and barangay officials, the members of fisherfolk organizations, and their families that the agency will do its best to provide the necessary assistance to address their needs for improved power and water supplies as well as better quality, and productivity of marine products.
DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña assures the town and barangay officials, the members of fisherfolk organizations, and their families that the agency will do its best to provide the necessary assistance to address their needs for improved power and water supplies as well as better quality, and productivity of marine products.

Town officials and officers of fisherfolk groups of Daan Bantayan and Bantayan Island, Cebu, pose for posterity in this photo together with  DOST Secretary Fortunato  dela Pena (sitting, third from left), Cebu 4th District Representative Benhur Salimbangon (sitting, second from left), and DOST 7 Regional Director Edilberto Paradela (standing, left end)
Town officials and officers of fisherfolk groups of Daan Bantayan and Bantayan Island, Cebu, pose for posterity in this photo together with DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena (sitting, third from left), Cebu 4th District Representative Benhur Salimbangon (sitting, second from left), and DOST 7 Regional Director Edilberto Paradela (standing, left end)

 

Top officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), led by Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, hit the road to the northern towns of Cebu, spending the weekend in a host of events aimed at alleviating the conditions of marginalized village folk through technology innovation.

Dela Peña, accompanied by DOST 7 Regional Director Edilberto Paradela and Cebu 4th District Representative Benhur Salimbangon, and other DOST officials, had gone the distance to visit  the towns of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island on September 1 and 2, 2017, meeting with the village fisherfolk, barangay officials, and members of women’s organization.

The visits are part of his official commitment to take a look at all DOST-assisted projects and initiatives around the country and to see how they impacted on the lives of the people. The activities also serve as part of consultative process for better appreciation of the peculiar conditions and needs experienced by people in a given locality.

Through dialogue and interactions with the townsfolk, the secretary and other DOST officials can have a better determination of the S&T interventions suitable to the livelihood needs and requirements of the community.

Among the problems encountered by people in the fishing villages of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island are inadequate power and potable water supplies as well as lack of modern storage facilities and fish drying equipment.

Salimbangon proposed the setting up of a solar power system and a desalination facility on Bantayan Island with the assistance of the DOST as a solution to the problem.  Salimbangon and Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot have expressed interest in setting up the facilities.

For his part, Dela Peña has vowed to “devote time and energy” to implement the proposed project. He also assured that, with DOST’s technical assistance,  quality fish drying equipment as well good solar power system and desalination facility would be set up for the fishing villages to produce better marine product quality.

A DOST technical team will return to Daanbantayan in a couple of months for assessment of the fishing villages’ technical and other needs that needs proper intervention.

written by:  Licinio Gingoyon