DOST S&T ‘community pantry’ for Filipino communities – Manila Newsletter
The Philippine Council for Agricultural, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) has launched a “bayanihan” initiative in which the products of the science and technology (S&T) programs of universities and state colleges (SUC)) and government agencies will be distributed to their communities.
DOST-PCAARRD virtually launched “Lingkod Alalay sa Pamayanan” (LINGAP) or the “community pantry” of S&T products on Friday July 30th.
“In Filipino, the word ‘lingap’ means compassion, caring, or caring for someone. This is the main concept of LINGAP, ”said DOST secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña in his message.
“I hope that through this initiative, government agencies will be inspired and follow suit.
Under LINGAP, SUCs and government agencies in Ifugao, La Union, Samar and Laguna work together to share the products of S&T initiatives with their respective communities.
“The initiative mimics the concept of a community pantry, in which the crops and other products of partner agencies will be distributed to its communities,” said DOST-PCAARRD.
“Community donors are also welcome to contribute other food and non-food items to distribute. “
The Council conceptualized and organized the initiative.
The Division of Technology Transfer and Promotion (TTPD) of DOST-PCAARRD participated in the initiative: Ifugao State University (IFSU), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Samar State University (SSU) and Bureau of Plant Industry-Los National Support Center for Research, Development and Production of Baños Crops (BPI-LBNCRDPSC).
DOST-PCAARRD Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora noted that the bayanihan initiative is one of the components of the Good Agri-Aqua Livelihood Initiatives to National Goals or GALING-PCAARRD Kontra COVID-19, which is the response of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice in accordance with Republic Law No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, commonly known as Bayanihan 1.
DOST Under-Secretary for Research and Development (R&D) Rowena Cristina L. Guevara said LINGAP is only part of the agency’s initiatives in terms of responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic of COVID-19.
“This is just the start of presenting the S&T gains to our fellow Filipinos,” she said.
“I hope this initiative will flourish and expand to more places in the country,” she added.
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