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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Septembre 7 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Southern Leyte Provincial Office releases substantial amount to assist local entrepreneurs improve trades with the acquisition of more equipment.

A total of P1.530,620.00 checks were distributed by Provincial Science and Technology Officer Dr. Dominador Clavejo to six local entrepreneurs under the Grants In Aid (GIA) and Small Enterprises Technology- Upgrading Program (SET-UP) programs of DOST.

Including in the SET-up releases from DOST this year are those who received the assistance from DOST this year SJR Auto Repair and Welding Shop with the amount of P416,120.00 to upgrade the production facilities for the welding metal fabrication to Roberto Borces sa Brgy. Cantutang, Padre Burgos; Maisam Glass Aluminum and Metal Works amounting P 186,000.00 for the procurement of aluminum cutter, welding machine, miter saw, speed cutter and cutting outfit of Emily Cadayona in Lilo-an.

Also to procure additional equipment like big working tables, weighing scales, digital scales and sealers to Janmer's Banana Chips in the amount of P138,000.00 and the LRG Farms in the amount of P295,000.00 for the acquisition of drip irrigation system and organic farming technology in Sogod to produce more income.

The financial assistance under the SET-UP program has to return the amount received in the span of three years and without any interest while under the Grants in Aid (GIA) program, this is freely given to the propenents of the projects that were considered among the priority thrusts of DOST, according to Clavejo.

These also includes the GIA assistance to the municipality of San Francisco for the Manlico Upland Farmer's Association in the amount of P390,000.00 for the establishment of Organic Feeds Facilities to supply inland fish growers, particularly tilapia and prawn, according to Marayag Punong Barangay Jesus Gamutan, who is also the ABC president.

And to upgrade the facilities for the production of FNRI Rice Mongo,

Sesame blend as baby foods initiated by Sta. Cruz Nutripak Producers Association (SACNUPA), a group of women in Sta Cruz, Macrohon, according to Punong Barangay Allan Vicente Mantilla, who also received the check.

According to Dr Clavejo, those funds covers the total financial assistance appropriated for the province of Southern Leyte within this year and are now also accepting proposals for next year. (vrc/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)