SBM Manotoc urges fellow kailian, "We have to keep up with technology in dev't".Apr 06, 2018
Senior Provincial Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc emphasized the need for local communities to keep up with technological advances during the opening of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science and Technology (S&T) Caravan held yesterday at the Josefa Llanes Escoda Hall, Dingras.
"We need to continuously innovate, even our local products, kasi tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago ng mundo. If we don't keep up, we will fall behind," he stressed.
Through the S&T Caravan, the DOST is able to bring their services closer to the grassroots, hence more opportunities for communities to avail of technical training.
The Caravan is a three-day event, prioritizing livelihood or economic enterprise development, health and nutrition, basic education and literacy in science and technology, water and sanitation, hazard mitigation, and climate change adaptation.
Garlic value-adding, food processing, dishwashing and soapmaking, and rice wine making were among the focus for skills training that DOST offered at the caravan in Dingras.
DOST Regional Director Dr. Armando Q. Ganal expressed hope for more Ilocanos to participate, inviting the nearby towns of Solsona, Sarrat, and San Nicolas.
"Agatendartayo kadagitoy trainings a para kadatayo. Dagitoy a trainings ket bassit lang iti pagpuunantayo a masapul, ket makapatanortay to ti produkto a pangnayon ti gastwen ti pamilya," he urged.
(Makilahok tayo sa mga pagsasanay na talagang nakalaan para sa atin. Mula sa maliit na puhunan, pwede tayong makabuo ng produkto na makakatulong sa mga gastusin sa bahay.)
SBM Manotoc also lauded the DOST for being aggressive in "ensuring that Ilocanos are up to date, current, and informed about the newest and latest technology.
"What we need is awareness and execution. Hopefully, magiging involved pa lalo yung mga Ilocano sa mga ganitong programa. I think it's just a matter of transferring the knowledge to them and continuous support after the seminars," he said.
Dingras BHWs to undergo training in rice wine making
Meanwhile, Mrs. Mildred Fernando, president of the Dingras Barangay Health Workers, recognized the importance of keeping up with technology even for senior citizens, saying "No man pay senior citizens kamin, maragsakankami latta a makipagpaset iti naruay a skills training ta makatulong kam iti panglag-anan dagiti pamilyami."
(Kahit na senior citizens na kami ay gusto pa naming matuto at dumaan sa skills training upang makatulong pa rin kami para sa mga gastusin sa bahay.
Fernando also shared that the group of BHWs who participated in the caravan have chosen to focus on rice wine making.
"Hindi na namin bibilhin yung mga raw material na kailangan, kasi kami din lang yung magpo-produce o magtatanim. Pag may ani, automatic na meron na kaming ipo-process," she added.
The town of Dingras is known as the "rice granary" of the province, boasting high rice production and contributing to rice sufficiency in Ilocos Norte.