Originally from Surigao, the indigenous people of Manmanuas also known as the Mamanwa tribe travelled and settled in this sitio in Almeria, Biliran, that lies on the foot of the majestic Mt. Tres Marias, between 1994 to 1998. The Mamanuas, for the record, are engaged in indigenous agriculture practices as their main source of income. The DOST-Biliran Team headed by Provincial Director , explored a 12 KM remote sitio of the municipality with an altitude of 800m above sea level, to bring Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program and to introduce S and T to increase their (Mamanwas) agricultural productivity and likewise to showcase what science and technology can do while preserving their culture and practices. Specifically, DOST 8’s intervention is to provide a screenhouse for the intensive vegetable production of the Mamanwa group and local people, a component project of the utilization of compost derived from Dual Drum Composting facility which was established at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Calumpang, Naval, Biliran. Last August 11, 2021, the DOST 8 headed by Dr. Ramil Uy, conducted an ocular inspection of the completed screenhouse for vegetable production. In addition to the screenhouse, the local partner in agriculture, the Municipal Agriculture’s Office (MAO) of LGU Almeria will also provide training and other technology transfer interventions to the beneficiaries in the community.
As part of the 2021 National Science and Technology Celebration, the Department of Science and Technology will be conducting a CEST Forum on November 27, 2021 at 9:00AM - 12:00NN.
Community Empowerment Thru Science and Technology (CEST) is one of the banner programs of DOST which aims to deliver sustainable development to various communities nationwide through the provision of S&T interventions along the five CEST entry points, i.e. Livelihood, Health and Nutrition, Environmental Protection and conservation, Education, and Disaster Risk Reduction Management.
Part of this activity is the awarding of the 2021 BEST Community. An Award given to the CEST Community beneficiary who has excelled in the implementation of the program which will be selected from several entries nationwide.
Registration link: https://bit.ly/2021BestCEST