DOST XI Aids School in Paquibato District Ahead of Class Reopening


The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) extends its services to the Lorenzo Latawan National High School ahead of the school’s reopening for the school year 2022-2023.

The Agency installed STARBOOKS, an online and offline compendium of various learning materials in multimedia and full-text formats available to teachers and learners for free, and conducted Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Training for the faculty members.

Paquibato District is a remote borderland that was once a conflict-torn district and a former stronghold of rebels causing limited resources arriving in the area.

Mr. Raymon Abanto, principal of the institution, expressed his gratitude to the team from DOST XI for hurdling the 3-hour trip and almost impassable roads just to deliver services to their school.

“First time po namin sa school na may bumisita from a (National) Government Agency. Maraming salamat po. (This is the first time that a (National) Government Agency has come to visit our school. Thank you very much),” expressed Mr. Raymon Abanto after the activity.

DOST XI City Science and Technology Office Head Mr. Arnel M. Rodriguez explained to the stakeholders the projects and programs under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program of DOST and highlighted the importance of DRRM training with the changes in the environment.

“As you are now part of the CEST community, we are committed to helping you in any way we can,” he added.

Mr. Abanto also expressed hope that the event is only the beginning of a long-term partnership with the Agency.

“We know that the road you traversed today is not an easy road especially because of the heavy rain last night. And as the saying goes, “When it rains it pours” but today it pours blessings,” he added.

Mindanao Daily News Network