In line with the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program, the Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI) hosted a training on Native Chicken Production for native chicken farmers from conflict-affected areas in Tapaz, Capiz.

Tapaz was identified by the DOST VI as a priority area in the province of Capiz and as such, three barangays in the municipality, namely, Tacayan, Katipunan and Lahug, were targeted under the CEST program’s Livelihood or Economic Enterprise Development and Human Resource Development components. Specifically, the CEST project aims to provide technical support for the livelihood of the barangays, to capacitate native chicken growers through technology trainings, to teach a new technology in native chicken production, to establish a consolidating/processing enterprise that shall handle the post-harvest/processing and marketing of dressed native chicken products, and to provide computer units installed with STARBOOKS for students in the barangays.

During the training in Native Chicken Production, Dr. Maryneth B. Barrios from Capiz State University (CAPSU) Research and Development (R&D) Center Director for Livestock Research & Development Center served as the resource person. (KJRGagajena/DOST VI-KMU)