DOST approves P3 M for upgrading of facilities of Kalinga entreps

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, June 5 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) approved P3 million for the upgrading of facilities of three local manufacturers to enable them to engage in mass production of their products for domestic export.


Leizel Isaguirre of  the DOST provincial office here said their regional office signed a memorandum of agreement  for the  provision of financial and technical assistance in the amount of  P1.5 million  for  the Kibayen Mushroom Center; P1.4M for TDMC Hardware and Construction Supply,  and P237,350 for Amano Wood and Bamboo Craft  for the upgrading of their processing facilities.

The DOST has also approved P350,000 for the conduct of an assessment and validation on coffee plantations in Balbalan, Isaguirre said.

In a related development, a consultancy group named the Management of Environmental Resources through Innovative Technologies Association will conduct  consultancy services to coffee growers in Balbalan from June 6-8.

 Dixie Catacutan, also of DOST provincial office here,  said the 3-day encounter with coffee farmers is the first of three visits the team  will have to render before their graduation from field course on Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Extension for Sustainable Productivity of Coffee stand in Balbalan.

Catacutan also informed said a technology promotion on cacao processing is slated on June 22 at the Grand Zion Hotel to teach 60 participants on the production of cacao by-products including exploring making charcoal out of cacao peel. Peter A. Balocnit (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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