DOST, Batac university, partner to test water in Ilocos Norte town

LAOAG CITY, May 26 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)  in Ilocos Norte has partnered with the state-run Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City to conduct water sampling in the villages of Carasi town.

 

Under DOST’s Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), the group was able to conduct water sampling in 23 households yielding to a total of 26 samples, including the main sources of spring water in the said municipality.

WATER SAMPLING. DOST and MMSU partner to conduct water sampling in the municipality of Carasi, Ilocos Norte as part of the Community Empowerment Through Science and Technology (CREST) program. (Photo by DOST)

 

The samples will undergo microbial analysis and potability test at the DOST-Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) to determine the intervention that will be provided to the communities.

 

“It is very important to determine if there are hazardous microbes in the water samples since most of the households in the community drink from spring water sources,” said Cyrille Ann Manalon from DOST-RSTL who was also joined by Jahmai Grande, CEST Coordinator in Ilocos Norte, Dr. Floramante Pastor and Estrelita Domingo of MMSU Research Extension during the water sampling activity.

 

The result of the test will be released two to three days upon collecting the samples.

 

Through an agreement signed by DOST, represented by Regional Director Armando Ganal and MMSU, represented by University President Shirley Agrupis, the water sampling is one of the community development programs under CEST, specifically three barangays in Carasi namely Virbira, Angset, and Barbaquezo.

 

“With the expertise of MMSU and other partners of the program, there will be delivery of extension services and inclusive growth and development for our fellow Ilocanos,” said Agrupis.

 

CEST is an ongoing development initiative for the marginalized communities in Region I. It supports the national government’s goal to eradicate poverty, raise livelihoods, ensure food security, and provide a healthy and physically safe environment.

 

This also aims to take advantage of opportunities for wealth-creation through appropriate technological interventions. There are five priority areas that will be developed under this program namely Human Resource, Health and Nutrition, Economic Enterprise/Livelihood, Disaster Risk Reduction Management, and Climate Change Adaption, Environmental Protection and Conservation. (JCR/VHS/MJTAB PIA ILOCOS NORTE with reports from DOST Ilocos Norte)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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