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Mayoyao, Ifugao to convert biomass wastes into organic fertilizers


Mayoyao, Apayao – The municipal government of Mayoyao, Ifugao is setting its direction towards manufacturing its own organic fertilizers from biomass wastes.


This shall be achieved following the provision of biomass shredder by the regional Department of Science and Technology through Provincial Science and Technology Office – Ifugao to said LGU.


The mechanical shredder was handed over by the department to the municipality led by Mayor Jimmy B. Padchanan Jr. along with Solid Waste Management Focal Person Mr. Bonie Baichon on Monday, August 15, 2022.


During the turn over ceremony, a demonstration and test run of the biomass shredder was conducted for the recipients to be well-versed in the proper handling and management of the machinery.


DOST-Ifugao reported the provision of the said machine is one component of the project entitled, “Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) for Mayoyao, Ifugao” under the Environment Protection and Conservation.

What is Community Empowerment through Science and Technology?


The department explained that the CEST intends to help improve the living conditions of the people in the municipality of Mayoyao, Ifugao through the provision of appropriate Science and Technology Interventions.


The program's implementation, it said, entails the provision and transfer of technology-based projects through five entry points namely, economic development, health and nutrition, human resource development, environmental protection and conservation, and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.


The CEST for Mayoyao project was sealed through the signing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by PSTC-Ifugao, Mayoyao LGU and Alimit Farmer’s Association in March 2022 at the Municipal Hall.


Under the agreement, DOST-CAR shall provide assistance for the establishment of a corn processing facility for Alimit Farmer's Association; provide technology training to the beneficiaries; provide initial packaging assistance; provide support to the municipality’s health and nutrition program with the provision of DOST complementary food packs to compliment the municipality's supplemental feeding program for 50 nutritionally deficient 6-71 months old children.

Further, the regional department shall support the basic education of the municipality and enhance access to S&T information through the provision of STARBOOKS to five schools; promote environmental protection/conservation through the adaption of environment-friendly technology and enhance the Early Warning System (EWS) of the municipality through the improvement of Radio Communication Network.


Mayor Padchanan Jr. expressed gratitude to the department for the grant and hopes that more people in the municipality can benefit from other technology that may soon be introduced to them.

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