February 9, 2023

The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera has vowed to assist more vulnerable communities in the region through science, technology, and innovations after three of its provincial science and technology centers (PSTCs) pledged their support in strengthening the implementation of programs and projects in the less privileged and far-flung communities in the region.
The PSTC Benguet, headed by Provincial Director Sheila Marie Singa-Claver, recently committed to help in the alleviation of poverty among vulnerable communities in Benguet during the launching of Project Silaw (Solar Installation among Locals to Advance their Welfare) on July 9 at the Capitol. 
Project Silaw is a Tesda-led convergence activity that aims to provide electrification to focus barangays through the provision of solar panel systems.
PSTC- Benguet will also look into the provision of S&T interventions to the focus barangays of Anjafat, Tublay; Ibarangat-Lusod, Kabayan; Badeo, Kibungan; Barangays Toplac, Pudong, Laongang-Gadang, and Ampungot-Ampungot, in Sagubo, Kapangan.
PSTC Mountain Province through Provincial Director Alfonso K. Berto signed a pledge of commitment in support to Project Environmental Sustainability through Ecological Kinetics (ESEK) on June 14 in Bontoc.
The project will be piloted in Barangay Tamboan, Besao. It will include training on organic agriculture production, particularly on organic vegetables, fertilizer, concoction, and poultry and swine raising.
The PSTC-Mountain Province will be providing S&T interventions such as upgrading of equipment and other technical services to be identified.
The PSTC in Kalinga through PSTC Director Jasmin Donaal joined the Project Kapwa Ko, Lingkod Alay (Kalinga) to be conducted in Babalag West, Rizal as it signed a pledge of commitment during the project launching on July 21 in Tabuk City. The project’s major activities include entrepreneurship training, livelihood component, and aggrupation or association wherein beneficiaries will be trained on vegetable production, poultry production, carpentry and housing.
The Silaw, ESEK, and Kalinga projects were launched in the respective provinces by the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, where DOST-CAR is a member.
These projects were created in support to Executive Order 70 institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and ending local communist armed conflict in the country. – Press release