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Screen capture of the online ceremonial turnover of project funds to LGU Baroy on January 27, 2022

The Local Government Unit of Baroy, also known as the "Clay Town of Lanao del Norte", recently received a project fund amounting to Php 617,300.00 from the Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) on January 27, 2022, via online conference.

Baroy holds the most clay deposit in terms of volume reserve throughout the province. The project scheme is to provide the Provincial Ceramic Center with value-adding technology to improve efficiency and rate of production in clay pots and bricks through the Science & Technology Innovation from the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC).

The identified technologies to be deployed are the following: (1) Electric Potter’s Wheel, (2) Jigger and Jolly Machine, (3) Kneading Machine, (4) Extruder with Mouthpieces, and (5) Hand Wheel.

This project also aims to generate employment through livelihood for the Covid-19-affected sector in coordination with the Provincial Resource Management Center (PRMC) of the Provincial Government.

In addition, the project supports the "Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa" Program, where at least 10 beneficiaries will be employed as the Provincial Government is extending assistance by facilitating the homecoming of locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos through piecework payment.

“We are immensely grateful for the entrusted modernized equipment that we could use to increase the production rate of our PCC. We commend all your efforts and dedication in helping us improve the quality of our products. As we embark on another year of public service, may we further strengthen our ties and intensify our actions to attain our common goal, which is to alleviate the people's lives despite these trying times. Thank you so much. Keep safe and healthy everyone," said Hon. Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo during the virtual turnover ceremony. (Sameeha A. Ali, DOST-Lanao del Norte)