ARD Wilfredo F. Sibal, in a dialogue with the presidents of the various associations of the community while Mr. John Lerry Bautista is recording the proceedings of the Participatory Rural Appraisal
In its effort to sustain its initiatives in combating poverty and promoting resiliency among marginalized communities in the region, DOST-3 has expanded its implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program in Central Luzon for 2019.
As one of the beneficiary communities of the project, a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) activity was conducted in Brgy. Conversion, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija last March 21, 2019 to identify the pressing issues and problems in terms of livelihood, health and nutrition, education, environmental protection, and disaster risk reduction.
The PRA was spearheaded by the DOST-CEST Team composed of Mr. Wilfredo F. Sibal, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations and CEST staff, Engr. John Lerry B. Bautista and Mr. Ralph Louie C. Binene. The activity was participated by the leaders of associations and organizations in the barangay, school principals, barangay health workers, and barangay officials headed by their chairman, Hon. Manolito B. Riparip.
It was determined during the PRA that there are insufficient IT and laboratory facilities, insufficient training on advanced technologies, poor knowledge on farm plan and management which result to low agricultural production. High input cost but low prices on fisheries and agricultural produce was likewise brought out.
After the PRA, a Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) ensued to identify and further evaluate the appropriate S&T interventions that can help the community address the community issue and problems.
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