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The gloomy day of 10 February 2015, and the very rough road going to Barangay Abejao, Salcedo, Eastern Samar did not dampen the spirits of the beneficiacies and DOST VIII Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla and his party to conduct a ground breaking ceremonies for the establishment of one (1) unit of shade protected farming system for the production of high value crops of the community in the said barangay. The system that will be erected at Barangay Abejao is one of the two systems that will be erected in the municipality. The other system will be for Barangay Naparaan. There will be a total of 100 farmers that will benefit from the project at 50 farmer-beneficiaries for each barangay (Naparaan and Abejao). The design of the shade farming system with rain catchment system was made by the Eastern Samar State University - Salcedo Campus in coordination with the Visayas State University.

cest bobon2The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Grants-In-Aid (GIA) program continues to implement the "Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Project for Bobon, Northern Samar". CEST project is a battery of technological interventions targeted to spur livelihood and economic activities of the community to effect immediate and significant impact in poverty alleviation.

Yolanda may have ravaged Region VIII in 2013, and Ruby destroyed in 2014 what was built from spoils, but the local's thirst for knowledge can not be crushed.

The biggest proof of this is the additional five units of STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic and Research-based Openly Kiosk Station turned over at Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) in Sogod, Southern Leyte to be deployed in Bontoc, San Juan, Hinunangan, and Tomas Oppus, all in Southern Leyte.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the country's premier science and technology (S&T) institution whose regional office (DOST VIII) is based at the Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte, Philippines.

As the regional arm of DOST in Eastern Visayas, DOST VIII implements laws, rules, regulations, policies, plans, programs and projects of DOST. It provides effective and efficient S&T services to the people in the area; and coordinates with other government agencies, the local government units, academe, and with the private sectors of the region on S&T matters.


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