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A ceremonial turn-over was done on September 20, 2016 at the Tineg Municipal Hall, Vira, Tineg Abra for the CEST project of the municipality.

CEST or the Community Enhancement thru Science and Technology is a program initiated by then DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo designed to provide S&T assistance to the poorest of the poor municipalities in the country through five (5) entry points namely (1) livelihood; (2) basic education; (3) DRRM; (4) health and nutrition; and (5) water and sanitation.

The DOST-CAR, headed by Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, ARD for Technical Services and Mr. Menandro B. Buenafe, Provincial S&T Director-Abra awarded the Certificate of Award to Hon. Corinthia B. Crisologo, Mayor of Tineg, Abra as well the municipal vice-mayor, councilors, barangay captains, and representatives for the recipient schools of the STARBOOKS. Aside from the certificate of award, two (2) STARBOOKS kiosks with solar panel systems, ceramic water filters, and other equipment were turned-over to the beneficiaries.

In her welcome remarks, Mayor Crisologo emphasized that “education is the best antidote to poverty” especially since the CEST project has a holistic approach that will not only provide livelihood opportunities but will also support education. She added that the project will help the municipality attain its goal of “Bayan ng Tineg, Umasenso Ka.”

PSTD Buenafe, in his acknowledgement of guests and participants enjoined everyone to value the assistance, no matter how small the amount. He said that the CEST project should serve as the start of something better for the community, especially in terms of the livelihood activities in the municipality.

Dr. Bantog gave the rationale and message, representing Dr. Victor B. Mariano, Regional Director of DOST-CAR. In her message, she stressed the importance of collaboration between the DOST, the LGU and the beneficiaries, to ensure that the project, even if it is small, will be successful.

Meanwhile, in his message, Dr. Ronald Castillo, DEPED-Abra Superintendent said that government programs that involve the beneficiaries are important because a sense of ownership to the project is instilled from the start. He said that if the beneficiaries accept and own the project, this will ensure its success.

It can be recalled that the a benchmarking activity for the CEST Tineg project was done in October 2014 by regional office staff and PSTC-Abra.//smsc