The beaming beautiful lady Mayor of Sogod, Southern Leyte, Honorable Imelda Uy-Tan, together with her Vice-Mayor, Honorable Rufo Olo, greeted with much enthusiasm the DOST VIII staff and Provincial Director, Dr. Dominador A. Clavejo of DOST Southern Leyte, during the turn-over of project financial assistance for the project Rehabilitation of Abaca Production in Barangays Maac and Mahayahay, Sogod, Southern Leyte. The said financial assistance amounting to P200,000.00 is for the purchase of tissue cultured abaca seedlings necessary for the project implementation to start. The abaca planting materials will be purchased from Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte. This project was conceptualized when DOST VIII Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla joined WorldFish and the LGU Sogod, Southern Leyte in the identification of possible livelihood project for the four poorest barangay in the municipality. Director Esperancilla committed the project fund in his hope that the abaca industry in the said area will be rehabilitated and the DOST VIII have found a partner in the person of Mayor Tan.