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DOST CALABRZON, through the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) of Cavite, assisted Hon. Mayor Jenny A. Barzaga of Dasmarinas, Cavite in acquiring a bioreactor facility developed by the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). Mayor Bargaza obtained financial assistance worth nearly PhP1M through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). The amount was used to fabricate two, one-tonner bioreactor units for the municipality. The project aims to use the composting facility as an alternative solution to the fast-increasing garbage problem of the municipality. Use of the bioreactor can convert the municipality's market wastes into an income generating enterprise that will benefit not only the residents but also local farmers. It will make widely available low-priced organic fertilizer. The production site will also serve as demonstration area for DOST-developed technology.


Two units of the bioreactor were completed and transferred late last year at the Materials Recovery Facility of Dasmarinas. Initial assessment was conducted by DOST-ITDI. PSTC-Cavite has scheduled conduct of training courses on the use of the facility this year.