DOST’s CEST boosts dev’t in Carles

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CARLES Mayor Sigredo Betita (center) and municipal officials receive a plaque of appreciation for the local government unit’s support to the Community Enhancement through Science and Technology project of the Department of Science and Technology in the opening of Regional Science and Technology Week, Aug. 29, 2017 at SM City Iloilo. (Ricky D. Alejo)

THE coastal town of Carles, Iloilo received various developmental projects from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to boost the development of impoverished barangays, said Mayor Sigfredo Betita, Aug. 29, 2017.

Betita is among the two local chief executives who received plaque of appreciation from the DOST during the opening program of the Regional Science and Technology Week at SM City Iloilo. Carles is DOST’s partner in the implementation of Community Enhancement through Science and Technology project.

In an interview, Betita said Carles received assistance on livelihood and economic enterprise, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, particularly technical assistance on food supply, and Starbooks for education.

The beneficiaries are from impoverished barangays of Carles, particularly those residing in the popular tourism spot, Gigantes Islands’ Barangays Gabi and Asluman. Each barangay has at least 2,000 population.

“This is one way of alleviating the status of living of the islanders because it is very difficult to live in the islands,” Betita said. “They depend more on marine products, which are already depleted,” he added.

Betita said the DOST assistance is a big help to the people of Carles.

Citing the Starbooks, a digital library composed of at least 10,000 titles, Betita said improving access to education is a start to change the status of living of the poor.

The provision of ceramic filter, he added, is a big help to the island-barangays whose source of potable water is rain, if not filtered water from the mainland.



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