Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI) brings Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program for Pandayan ng Bayan in Negros Occidental to Gil Montilla Small Water Irrigation System Association (GMSWISA) in Barangay Gil Montilla, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental on June 18, 2024.

Representative Mercedes K. Alvarez of Negros Occidental Sixth District graced the turnover and manifested support for the Pandayan ng Bayan project, which is perceived to boost rural industrialization and the local economy.

Dr. Aladino C. Moraca, Central Philippines State University (CPSU) President, and Mr. Ramon Uy, Sr., CEO of RU Foundry and Machine Shop Corporation (RUFMSC), assured their continuous technical support to the farmers’ association as they manage and operate the Pandayan.

Engr. Allan Francis P. Dara-ug challenged the beneficiaries to contribute to the success of the project, which could potentially open more opportunities for support from other government agencies.

The farmer-beneficiaries from the six associations in Negros Occidental will undergo a series of trainings with RUFMSC starting June 20, 2024. (RRRGarcia/DOST Negros Occidental)