Around 100 farmers in Maria and Lazi from the Liloan-Saguing Farmers and Fishers Association (LISAFFA) and Triple M Farmers Association (Triple M) gathered together respectively sometime in September of 2022 as they took the initial steps of ploughing and harrowing a total area of 8.5208 hectares from 18 separate parcels of land in preparation for planting peanuts.

Both LISAFFA and Triple M have become beneficiaries of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program of the Department of Science and Technology which aims to build progressive, empowered, and resilient rural communities. The program is delineated to empower the poorest and most depressed communities in the country through Science and Technology interventions in the five entry points of health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood/economic enterprise development, and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

DOST 7, DOST-PSTC Siquijor, and Siquijor State College continue to converge their efforts in the implementation of CEST after the latter has been successful with the Bitaug Small Coconut Farmers Association (BISMACOFA) in Bitaug, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor between 2020 and 2021.

DOST-PSTC Siquijor Provincial Director Engr. Mario E. de la Peña and SSC Extension Director Dr. Philna S. Palongpalong maintain a strategic plan to make peanuts the commodity to be sustainably abundant in the province of Siquijor in line with DOST 7’s vision of focusing on a single product for the development of a value chain.

Just last two weeks ago of October 2022, both members of LISAFFA and Triple M completed planting peanuts in their respective areas, and until around 110 days, the peanuts will soon be ready for harvest. (By: Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, SRA-IO)

 

Some members of LISAFFA of Maria, Siquijor and Triple M of Lazi, Siquijor as they bore the heat of the sun and dirtied their feet in sowing peanuts under the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology of the Department of Science and Technology.