In keeping with its mandate of promoting science, technology and innovation as an instrument of progress, the Department of Science and Technology 7 has handed awards in recognition of this year’s most successful DOST funded-projects in Central Visayas .

DOST 7 gave the awards were given to each award-winning private project partner-beneficiary in every province of Central Visayas on the opening day of the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration held on August 25 through 26 this year.

Cebu’s GAAMA Foods won the award for  2021 outstanding Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) project in Region 7.

Chosen as provincial (SETUP) project winners are GAAMA Foods (Cebu), Buenaventura Farms (Bohol), Chef Tobz Cakes and Pastries, and Dongon N Balababa (Siquijor).

Each awardee received P5,000 in check.


On other hand, DOST also handed award to Local Government Units (LGUs) that stood out  in successful adoption of Community Enhancement through Science and Technology (CEST)” project.

Named as 2021 Outstanding CEST Community in the region is Bitaug Small Coconut Farmers Assn. (BISMACOFA) whose project is “Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) for Selected Farmers in Enrique Villanueva Siquijor”. BISMACOFA will received P200 thousand worth of CEST project from DOST 7.

Chosen as the this year’s Outstanding Provincial CEST Community are, namely:

  • Local Government Unit of of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia (Bohol)

Project: Developing Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Community through Science and Technology Interventions – a Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Project- Phase II

  • Guiwanon Binuswagan Worker’s Assn. and Development (GUIBWAD) – Cebu

Project:Developing Empowered Community in Barangay Guiwanon, Bantayan, Cebu through Science and Technology

  • Local Government Unit of Mabinay (Negros Or.)

Project: Support to the Poverty Alleviation Program in Central Visayas with Initial Focus on the Municipality of Mabinay, Negros Oriental (Phase 1 & Phase 2)

  • Bitaug Small Coconut Farmers Assn. (BISMACOFA) – Siquijor

Project:Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) for Selected Farmers in Enrique Villanueva Siquijor


by: Licinio F. Gingoyon