The Department of Science and Technology-Negros Occidental and the Sipalay City Government recently turned over P1.1 million worth of community livelihood and education facilities to Brgy. Nabulao in Sipalay.
The residents of Nabulao are beneficiaries of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology project of DOST-Neg. Occ. that provided tools for livelihood/economic enterprise development, water and sanitation, and basic education and literacy, Provincial Director Allan Dara-ug said.
The Sipalay LGU donated a counterpart of P600,000 and DOST P500,000 on July 14, Dara-ug said. The project duration is a year, and the LGU and DOST will meet again to consider the turn over of the equipment to the beneficiaries.
He said 10 small-scale miners will benefit from the two mercury portable retorts provided for livelihood and economic enterprise development.
The technology developed by the Metals Industry Research and Development Center allows miners to separate the poisonous mercury from the gold or other precious metal they are recovering, he said.
He said the tools provide a safer way for the miners to extract the metals without poisoning hazards and environmental effects from the volatile mercury. The device will also significantly increase profit since the mercury can be recovered and re-used for almalgamation several times.
Thirty ceramic water filters were also distributed to beneficiaries to give residents of the barangay access to potable water.
The water filter innovation developed by the Industrial Technology Development Institute uses the ceramic pot with a formulation of an antibacterial agent that ensures safe-to-drink water, he said.
Nabulao National High School received two units of STARBOOKS (Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Operated Kiosk Station), the first Philippine Science Digital Library developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute, he said.
The digital library kiosks provide up-to-date information without the use of the internet and will be updated every three to six months.
Those interested to avail of DOST's services may contact the provincial center at 707-0170, he also said.*KBC
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