Package of S&T interventions to support LGU Janiuay
As one of the identified beneficiaries of the Department of Science and Technology Region VI (DOST VI) Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program, the
Municipality of Janiuay received various Science and Technology (S&T) interventions throughout 2021 to 2022.
Starting March 2, 2021, the DOST VI in partnership with National Telecommunication Center Region VI (NTC VI) conducted an orientation on DOST STARBOOKS and Wireless Data Network (WDN) which was attended by focal persons, partner agencies, Barangay and Municipal Officials of the Local Governtment Unit (LGU) of Janiuay.
Furthermore, on March 26, 2021, DOST VI and NTC VI held an Initial Assessment and Testing of the available network signal in Brgy. Atimonan which was the program’s prioritized location due to it being the most far-flung.
These developments took place due to the need to improve the internet signal in the area which was considered an urgent necessity in light of the pandemic. Addressing this issue would benefit the teachers and students that have undergone online school, as well as improve communication, particularly during disasters.
As part of the CEST program, various trainings and activities also took place such as Health and Nutrition Pinggang Pinoy and Livelihood, Disaster Risk Reduction and Human Resource Development. Involved personnel stated talking three to four hours to reach Brgy Atimonan to bring training kits materials from 7 sitios and trainers demonstrate how to use kits such as BP apparatus and other emergency equipment.
From February 2 to 9, 2022, construction and installation of two municipal towers in Municipal Hall and Sitio Salay took place followed by network configuration and signal receiving from the former tower on February 11.
Afterward, construction of Tower 3 in Brgy. Atimonan Elementary School took place which made internet signal readily available in the community and made way for the turnover of Wi-Fi and STARBOOKS computers to the school.
The continued efforts of the CEST program since last year is part of their initiative to develop and progress livelihoods of Brgy. Atimonan residents and the Janiuaynon community as a whole. (Renny Rei D. Poblacion/KJRGagajena-DOSTVI)