The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bataan will give P1 milllon grant to Bataan Peninsua State University (BPSU) Office of the Extension Training Services (OETS) for livelihood project of the residents of seaside Barangay Capunitan, Orion.
BPSU Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training Services Dr. Hermogenes Paguia said the scope of the project was finalized in a meeting on Friday at university extension office between DENR Bataan Division Chief Mila Ramirez and BPSU Office of Extension and Training Services Director Dr. Bernadeth Gabor. Paguia said OETS will consult barangay officials and residents to identify the livelihood activities to be conducted. It was also agreed OETS will be given leeway in managing the fund, designing livelihood training programs, and establishing support mechanisms for the beneficiaries. Paguia said Capunitan residents will be organized into association for project sustainability.
A memorandum of agreement between DENR Bataan and BPSU will be signed. The project is targeted to be implemented in six months. BPSU President Dr. Greg Rodis is supporting the project.
Rodis has been pushing for sustainable innovations and researches of the university to reach end-users through extension works. “The innovations and researches we are doing in BPSU will mean nothing if do not reach end-users via extension works”, the university president earlier said.
BPSU is known to have dynamic research and extension office. Two years ago, a fire gutted the coastal village of Capunitan rendering about 600 families homeless mostly fisherfolks