The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) launched a livelihood project for ANCOP Bani community through the production of nutria buns and other food products.
BPSU President Dr. Greg Rodis led the opening ceremony of the DOST and BPSU project for the Couple for Christ (CFC) Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) Bani community in the upland portion Barangay Cataning, Balanga City on Thursday.
“The bakery equipment will be used to produce nutri buns and other vegetable-enriched products which village residents can sell in the neighborhood and various establishments in the city”, said BPSU OIC Director Extension Training and Services Office and Product Leader Dr. Bernadeth Gabor.
“We are training villagers to make flour from cassava and camote, which are available in the area. The flour will be used to make the nutri buns and other products”, she said. Other products are malunggay pandesal, malunggay-enriched cookies, and vegetable tart.
“We will teach community residents the technologies needed in the project including packaging of the products”, she said.
In his virtual message, DOST Region 3 Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat said, “The Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology program of the DOST from which the almost P1.5 million funding for this project was sourced, is really meant to improve the health and nutrition education, livelihood, and disaster resilience of identified community”.
He said he is happy that the project will be hitting three birds with one stone, which are health and nutrition, livelihood, and education of community residents.
“ANCOP Bani [village] is one of the lucky beneficiaries of our joint program. I am looking forward to seeing the community to flourish with the academic and technical guidance from BPSU and DOST”, he said.
“The innovations and researches we are doing in BPSU will mean nothing if these do not reach end users by way of our extension works”, Rodis said.
The university top official said he hopes to help the ANCOP Bani villagers to earn a living with the bakery equipment grant and the knowledge in food production.
BPSU is known to have a dynamic research and extension office.