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The Local Government Unit of Salay in Misamis Oriental received fund assistance worth PHP 828,572.00 from the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) for the newly approved project on disaster risk reduction and management on July 15, 2021.

The project is entitled “Utilization of an Efficient Flood Warning Technology with Pressure-Type Water Level Sensor in Brgy. Ili-Ilihon, Salay, Misamis Oriental – D1”.

It aims to promote to reduce the impact of floods, particularly in flood-prone areas such as in Brgy. Ili-Ilihon and Brgy. Matampa through the utilization of efficient monitoring technology and skills training.

Brgy. Ili-Ilihon belongs to the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC). Thus, the project will help counter the insurgency in the area in support to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

“I would like to take this opportunity to express, on behalf of the LGU Salay, our heartfelt gratitude to the DOST Regional Office, to Regional Director Alfonso Alamban, to Provincial Director Junelyn Louvena Ruiz, for all your support to the Municipality of Salay through the DOST CEST. Dako kayo ni ug gikatabang sa development sa among munisipyo [This is very useful for the development of our Municipality]. This latest assistance will hopefully provide the LGU with needed data para makabantay sa panahon sa kalamidad ug malikayan ang posibleng mga kadaut [to help monitor in times of calamities and prevent potential disasters], both to lives and properties,” Mayor Capistrano said as he expressed his gratitude to DOST-10.

The project is made possible through the DOST Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program that aims to provide livelihood and alleviate poverty in remote communities.

The program’s implementation entails provision and transfer of technology-based livelihood projects to the identified communities. This will also facilitate the transfer of technologies to beneficiaries along the areas of education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, and industry development or livelihood. (Danielle Jeane S. Quilit, DOST-Misamis Oriental)