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TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) headed by Regional Director Ernesto M. Granada inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Leyte Normal University President Evelyn B. Aguirre for the Aquasilviculture Project of Brgy. 83-A Burayan, Tacloban City.

The ceremonial turn-over of funds took place on March 14, 2022 at Leyte Normal University – HRDC Gymnasium and followed by the MOA signing at the LNU Ballroom Hall.

The project entitled “Empowering an Indigenous Community: Leveraging Aquasilviculture among Artisanal Fisherfolks of Brgy. 83-A Burayan, Tacloban City” which the department funded for P300,400.00, centers on Community Empowerment Thru Science and Technology (CEST) intervention to improve the livelihood of artisanal fisherfolks of Brgy. 83-A Burayan, Tacloban City, as the beneficiaries, by providing them with knowledge in aquasilviculture methodologies, aquasilviculture technology, and establish community-based coastal resources management.

During the onslaught of ST Yolanda in 2013, Burayan was highly impacted with significant damages in the mangrove and beach forest greenbelts. Hence, there is a need to introduce aquasilviculture methodologies through a community extension project with the barangay.

Dir. Granada was joined by Mr. Jason Taña and Ms. Carmee Sarvida, CEST Personnel. The event was also attended by Dr. Las Johansen Caluza, VP for Research and Extension, Mr. Alexander Dela Cruz, Brgy. 83-A Burayan Representative, and LNU coordinators and officials.

Dir. Granada together with Dr. Aguirre and Dr. Caluza signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Ballroom Hall right after the turn-over of funds.