AGUILAR, Pangasinan, Mar. 27 (PIA) – Communities in Aguilar town are the latest recipients of the anti-poverty assistance program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the province’s state university.
The tripartite partnership among DOST, Pangasinan State University and Aguilar town was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on Monday that signalled the formal start of the implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program for communities in Region I.
Regional Director Armando Ganal of DOST in the Ilocos said the program will focus on poor communities through five areas of intervention namely: livelihood, education, water and sanitation, health and nutrition and disaster mitigation.
“The DOST will provide the funding requirement needed for the interventions but will prioritize those which are of immediate concern,” Ganal told the Philippine Information Agency during the MOA signing held in Aguilar.
Five Aguilar communities were identified for the program which include Barangays Laoag, San Jose, Panacol and Bocboc West and Sitio Mapita.
For PSU, President Dexter Buted said the school will provide the technical support needed for the program which is also in line with the University’s goal of alleviating poverty in the province.
“We are running different modules in order to come up with a good project for the program,” Buted said.
Buted said PSU is committing its resources to be able to magnify the impact of the program to the beneficiaries and to meet the desired goals of helping the communities.
Mayor Eduardo Ballesteros expressed his gratitude to the government for launching the program. He urged the barangay captains to “work hand in hand to give a better life to Aguilarenos.” (MCA/VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)