President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo personally awarded the DOST’s Innovation Support Assistance amounting to One Million Pesos (P1,000.000.00) to the three (3) project beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Sur, in time for the celebration of the Megayon Festival, the grandest festival in commemoration of the 56th Anniversary Celebration of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur. The turn-over was held on September 17, 2008 at the Provincial Capitol in Pagadian City.
The said projects include : 1) DOST Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) for the Nutri-Booster Philippines Incorporated for the Upgrading of Banana-Enhanced Nutri-Booster Production located at Balangasan, Pagadian City by Mr. Concordio Bolusan; 2) Establishment of Feedmill in Barangay Tinaga, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur by Mayor Paulino Fanilag, Sr.; and 3) Laboratory Equipment for the Banana Tissue Culture in Pagadian City by Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co. Aside from DOST projects, PGMA also turned-over project funds from other national government line agencies to the recipients.
Furthermore, in a related event, DOST IX management and staff spearheaded by Dir. Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano participated in the National Government Agencies (NGAs) Night, held in the same venue last September 16, 2008. Dir. Manzano, as President of the Regional Executives Association of Western Mindanao (REAWESMIN) gave the Opening Remarks. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE).