DOST VII Regional Director Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr. (2nd from right) met with CEST beneficiaries in Janayjanay, San Jose, Negros Oriental and witnessed the harvesting of tilapia in this upland fish farm. Also present in the picture are NORSU VP for R&D Dr. Merivic Catada (3rd from right) and DOST Negros Oriental PSTD Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon (leftmost, in blue polo shirt).

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, January 25 – Residents of the upland community in Janayjanay, San Jose, Negros Oriental recently met with stakeholders to celebrate the successful harvesting of its upland tilapia farming.

The initiative was organised through the coordination of DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Office and Negros Oriental State University (NORSU). DOST Regional Office No. VII through its Community Empowerment Thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program provided the funds while NORSU Extension Office implemented the project.

DOST VII Regional Director Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr. personally visited ther farmer beneficiaries to witness the ceremonial harvesting of the first batch of tilapia grown in the fish pens constructed through DOST CEST funds.

During the ceremonial harvest, RD Zamora said that DOST is supporting the upland community of Janayjanay in their upland fish farming through S&T interventions as a means to strengthen their food security and nutrition intake.

“Ang panghinaut namo sa DOST nga mapadaghan ninyo ang mga tilapia ug ma-sustain ninyo kini nga project,” added Engr. Zamora.

The project is managed by the Janayjanay Farmers Association (JFA).

“Among paningkamotan nga sa mga molabay nga mga adlaw molambo gyud ning maong proyekto. Amo gyung ning atimanon kay kini gihatag gyud para kanamo”, said Mr. Eduardo Pegarum, JFA President.

Attendees in the ceremonial harvesting are representatives from partner agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Local Government Unit of San Jose, and the Provincial Agriculture Office of Negros Oriental Province.

Also present in the event are personnel from DOST Negros Oriental, NORSU Extension Office and members of the Janayjanay Farmers Association and Janayjanay Barangay Council.

CEST is a package of S&T interventions which aims to build progressive, empowered and resilient rural communities. The program is targeting to empower the poorest and most depressed communities in the country, via S&T interventions in health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood/economic enterprise development, and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. (by Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/Information Officer-designate of DOST Negros Oriental)(edited 1.30.2023).