Participants at the actual demonstration of organic fertilizer production

As part of its commitment to empowering communities with livelihood opportunities, DOST- MIMAROPA conducted Training on Organic Fertilizer Production for Kabisig ng Kalahi (KNK) Food Share Program (FSP) beneficiaries, and some selected women members of Samahan ng Kababaihan in Barangay Rumbang, Rizal Occidental Mindoro last March 15-16, 2022. The training program provided the beneficiaries with the skills to make their organic fertilizer from domestic and agricultural wastes.

Barangay Rumbang in the municipality of Rizal, is one of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) areas in the Occidental Mindoro. A total of 60 families from Barangay Rumbang and its neighboring barangay, Barangay Adela, were identified as beneficiaries of the FSP launched in the community last February 2022.

FSP is a multi-sector program aimed at addressing hunger and ensuring nutrition in income- vulnerable countries, most especially during crises. Particularly, it offers enrichment activities and livelihood programs designed to help those families suffering from the effect of the Covid- 19 pandemic in the Philippines. FSP is an initiative that supports the “Pilipinas Kontra Gutom” national movement organized to help in eradicating hunger and malnutrition in the country by 2030. The program is led by Kabisig ng Kalahi Inc., a non-government organization engaged in food and nutrition projects for malnourished children since 2001.

Through FSP, the beneficiaries received 25 kilos of rice during the launch and will be regularly provided with 25-kilo rice in April and June 2022 from Unilever Philippines— a partner private organization for the FSP.

The training was also attended by some selected women members of Samahan ng Kababaihan in the area which has an ongoing vegetable and livestock production project. A total of 26 participants took part in the event.

Distribution of rice to beneficiaries of the Food Share Program