DAVAO CITY Sept. 11 (PIA) - At the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the re-launching of the Regional Science Centrum in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok, Davao City by the Department of Science and Technology XI and representatives from the academe, industry, government and civil society, Regional Director Anthony Sales mentioned how the said facility could help Indigenous communities in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).
"We want to bring science in communities and for the centrum to be relevant it has to address problems in society," Sales said.
The assistance to be extended by the Regional Science Centrum to IP communities will be in the form of training members of communities to install and maintain alternative means of generating electricity in areas where there are limited basic infrastructures for power generation.
"So, for example, IPs who came from Manurigao, Compostela Valley in New Bataan were trained in solar kit production, solar power, and solar system maintenance can now apply the acquired knowledge in actual situations within their community," Sales added.
Engineer Reyman Zamora, the President of Leadtech Training Center Inc., sees the Regional Science Centrum as being able to pave the way in promoting the integration of science and technology with existing traditional beliefs in IP communities.
"The Indigenous communities in Mindanao will be trained through integrating their traditional knowledge with science and technology in their training at the Regional Science Centrum to promote inclusive growth for all IP communities," Zamora said.
Sales mentioned this is one strategy for the government to capacitate and empower the IPs and contribute to the goal of President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte with his issuance of Executive Order 70 or the creation of a National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Instead of giving in to the efforts of local communist group, IP communities are given opportunity to learn, empower themselves and improve their lives. (PIA XI - Kevin Caro)