dostMAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology Provincial Office initially released P400,000 financial assistance aimed to empower six poorest of the poor communities in the province for 2014.

According to DOST- Southern Leyte Dr. Dominador Clavejo, the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology Program (CESTP) financial assistance was turned over to the Southern Leyte State University (SLSU)- Bontoc Campus in the management of said program.

Clavejo reported that SLSU -Bontoc will facilitate in the identification six sets of community beneficiaries within the municipality of Bontoc, this province.

The program further aims to create livelihood opportunities and other science and technology based projects to the soon identified poor communities, it was learned.

That each community will be assisted in the identification of their needs particularly on those projects that are doable in their areas such as the presence of materials and could be processed further such as food processing, among others.

It was learned further that the municipality of Bontoc was the only beneficiary for the province for 2014.

For the year 2015, the provincial DOST is looking forward to finding another municipality in the province that will host the implementation of the mentioned community empowerment thru science and technology. (ajc/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)