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Complementary food feeding program sa isang Aeta Community sa Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
Lubos na nakatulong sa pagpapabuti ng kalusugan ng mga bata ang Complementary Food Feeding Program ng Expanded Implementation of Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (eCEST) ng Department of Science and Technology Region III na isinagawa sa limampu’t walong (58) barangay sa rehiyon.
Katuwang ang Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI-DOST) isinagawa noong Hunyo 19-20, 2018 ang pagsasanay patungkol sa Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children (DOST-PINOY) na dinaluhan ng mga piling Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) at Municipal Health Officers (MHOs). Ang pagsasanay na ito ay kinakailangan para sa matagumpay na pagtataguyod ng feeding program.
Sa loob ng 120 na araw, kapartner ng DOST-3 ang mga BHWs at BNS na matiyagang pinaghanda ng masustansyang complementary food blend araw-araw ang 985 na bata na nasa edad mula 6 hanggang 36 buwan na gawa sa bigas at munggo na mayaman sa protina. Naging inisyatibo rin ng mga BHWs at BNS na gumawa ng mga iba’t ibang uring luto gamit ang food blend gaya ng pancake, champorado, lugaw, at paghalo ng itlog at masustansyang gulay tulad ng carrots at kamote upang maging kaaya-aya sa mga bata ang pagkain nito.
Sa kabuuan, mula sa 985 underweight na bata, 684 sa mga ito ang nakapag-graduate sa 120 days na feeding program na kung saan ang 50% sa kanila ay naging normal ang timbang. Ang pagtaas ng timbang na naitala ay mula 8.57% hanggang 22.90% sa loob ng 120 days.
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Agta tribe members from Brgy. San Ildefonso in Casiguran share a moment with RD Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, PD Maricel M. Sicat, SRS II Ms. Arian S. Espiritu and CEST staff Mr. Ralph Louie C. Binene during their visit to the area.
The DOST-Aurora organized a technology needs assessment (TNA) activity last May 27, 2019 in Barangay San Ildefonso in the municipality of Casiguran, intended for members of the Agta tribe. Lending support to the DOST-Aurora Team were RD Julius Caesar V. Sicat and eCEST project staff Ralph Louie C. Binene. The TNA was conducted to identify the issues and problems confronting these indigenous peoples (IPs), particularly on livelihood and health and nutrition.
Agta people lived in a geographically isolated area with no electricity and the travel to the nearest barangay is 45 minutes by boat and 2 hours by land. Agta people basically survive through gathering food, fishing and some subsistence agriculture. An ocular inspection of the barangay revealed a vast number of sabutan plants growing along the coastal portions of the barangay which has become a business opportunity for some tribe members who have started making baskets and hats, albeit the methods being used are crude and inefficient. The DOST-Aurora team hopes to introduce technology assistance that will improve the process as well as the quality of the products of these IPs and, consequently alleviate their economic standing.
SCIENCE LABORATORY FACILITIES OF SELECTED SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN NUEVA ECIJA UPGRADED THROUGH THE CEST PROGRAM
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DOST-III and SDO Nueva Ecija officials and staff during the turn-over of the science laboratory apparatuses to the 5 senior high schools in Nueva Ecija
Five schools in Nueva Ecija were provided with science laboratory apparatuses under the Upgrading of Schools Laboratory Facilities project of the Expanded Implementation of Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (eCEST) Program. This project aims to boost the knowledge and interest of senior high school students in science, particularly in the conduct of investigatory projects, and student research. The project is also designed to encourage more students to take up a STEM strand curriculum.
This project was in accordance with the objective of DOST-CEST to empower communities to alleviate poverty through Science and Technology interventions in the area of education. The 1.5-million-peso worth of science laboratory apparatuses was successfully awarded to the school beneficiaries namely; Zaragoza National High School, Pantabangan National High School, Gabaldon Vocational Agricultural School, Gen. Mamerto Natividad National High School, and Peñaranda National High School.
July 25, 2019 – The turn-over ceremony of laboratory apparatuses organized by the School Division Office of Nueva Ecija was conducted at the Zaragoza National High School (ZNHS). The activity was attended by the School Division Superintendent, Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon; Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Johanna N. Gervacio, and Dr. Ericson S. Sabacan; DOST-Nueva Ecija Provincial Director, Dr. Orlando G. Anselmo; DOST-Nueva Ecija Science Research Specialist II, Heinrich Villanueva; CEST-Project Staff, Engr. John Lerry B. Bautista; and the school principals of the 5 beneficiary schools.
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Engr. Chelsie Pagatpatan interviews Councilors and Got Heart Foundation staff
The Expanded Implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (eCEST) program of DOST 3 continues to extend its project coverage in Municipality of San Jose, Tarlac. Going further into the hinterlands of the municipality, the eCEST team met with the Abelling community through the help of Got Heart Foundation, Inc.
The technology Needs Assessment (TNA) was conducted last June 14, 2019 by PSTC-Tarlac Staff, Mr. Jonie Alere, and eCEST Staff, Engr. Chelsie Pagatpatan at Sitio Pisapungan, Brgy. Sula, San Jose, Tarlac. The TNA was attended by Chieftain Romy Tomas, and his council members. Got Heart Foundation staff, Ms. Liz Añalucas and Ms. Janica Jovillo, were also there to assist in the activity.
Kaingin or slash and burn method of farming is predominant in the area where the Abellings grow a variety of root crops and vegetables. The Abellings still have to go to the lowlands to sell these commodities often at a very cheap price. To address this dire situation, the Got Heart Foundation implemented its Abelling Development Plan (ADP), through the help of I.L.O.V.E. Foundation, which calls for the development of social enterprise, cultural preservation, environmental conservation, and promotion of ecotourism.
Water potability is also an issue among the Abellings who collect their drinking water from rivers and springs. The water sources usually get contaminated during the rainy season causing stomach pains and diarrhea.
As the needs of the tribe were determined through this assessment, DOST hopes to address these with appropriate S&T interventions that will build a resilient and sustainable community.
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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.