Department of Science and Technology undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevarra formally turned-over on June 3 to MARADECA Inc. sets of mechanical machines useful for the production of essential oil extracts, charcoal briquetting from fruits and root crop peels, soap-making, and herbal tea bagging.
These tools are steam distillation, coal briquettes implements, and others. It will support the livelihood program for Marawi’s displaced communities who have opted to be relocated in municipal areas.
Guevarra also brought along a sample of rain water catcher intended for the displaced families who are reliant on rain for household sanitation and hygiene but are unfortunately having no access for potable water. She however didn’t mentioned the number of rain water catcher which will be distributed to IDPs.
DOST and its Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) also committed to provide raw materials for three months for the initial production of soaps, essential oil, and charcoal briquettes. Series of training will be conducted for beneficiaries starting June 2019 by DOST’s experts.
Engr. Apollo Victor O. Bawagan, supervising research specialist and officer-in-charge of DOST’s Chemicals and Energy Division (CED), and nine of its staff today from the region have started orienting Maradeca staff on the use of these equipment.
“I thanked Maradeca for receiving this opportunity and technology (for livelihood development for IDPs and host communities). I have interviewed beneficiaries a while ago and we will ask Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to help in the marketing of the future products,” said Guevarra.
“DOST Region X will contact DTI to help open market for products. We are not leaving anyone behind,” Guevarra added.
Alfonso P. Alamban, regional director of DOST-Region X, expressed that these “mechanical equipment are comparably better than those delivered to Higaonon tribes in Bukidnon. Theirs (machines) were simpler but they are already supplying essential oil to Human Nature as a market. They too need to expand to potential market.”
“This is special project of science for the convergence of agriculture and tourism. Maybe there will be more (intervention or) project if this current assistance will be manage well,” Alamban added.
Salic Ibrahim, executive director of Maradeca, expressed heartfelt gratitude for these help for the displaced community of Marawi.
“For us , we will be just machines’ stewards, sana maging factory ito and organized beneficiaries will become distributor of products in northern or entire Mindanao to help for economic recovery of those who survived the siege,” Ibrahim said.
Jay-ar Banados, DOST science aide, moreover explained that the modified carbonizer will produce charcoal briquettes with high-heating value. Its environment friendly and emits less smoke and ashes on air.”
Banados said that it can be used as an alternative fuel for heating or cooking purposes.
Banados also pointed that sample production of dish washing, hand and bath soap was and will be assisted by the DOST’s pharmaceutical division. This will also be true for citronella oil production to ensure that its use will not be harmful to customer’s well-being.
Maradeca’s project staff said that target beneficiaries are 75% of those relocated internally displaced communities and 25% from peoples organizations within the areas of barangay Nanagan of Lumbayanague town; Poona Ragayan of Marantao municipality; barangays Dimapatoy, Diolangan, Salipongan, and Pagayawan of Bubong town; and, barangays Nanapun Cabasaran and Rayagumpa.
To ascertain sustainability of production, farmers will also be coordinated for the development of plantation for necessary raw materials. Seedlings will be distributed by DOST too, said the project officer.
DOST-ITDI initiated this “livelihood program for rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi” in coordination and collaboration with DTI, Task Force Bangon Marawi, NDRRMC, and non-government local stakeholders.
The ceremonial turn-over took place at Maradeca’s function hall, Ragayan, Marantao, Lanao del Sur. (Fairosa Casan)