CADLAN PILI CAMARINES SUR. In line with the government’s thrust to alleviate poverty and provide food in every table for the Filipino family, the Department of Agriculture Bicol in partnership with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur conducted a 2 day Basic and Advance Meat Processing & Preservation Training at the Convention Center, Capitol ground, this municipality on May 10-11, 2017 .

Spearheaded by the Research Division in coordination with the Animal Products Development Center (ACDC) of the Bureau of Animal Industry, said activity aimed to provide technical assistance and improve their livelihood particularly to persons with disability (PWD) in the rural areas.

Some 137 participants from San Fernando, Canaman, Milaor, Ocampo, Pili and Bombon Camarines Sur, actively took part in the lecture, discussion with audio visual presentation and actual cooking demonstration. Out of 137 participants, 68 of them were persons with disability. They were given the opportunity to try their hands on the actual preparation of various meat recipes such as skinless longanisa, siomai, tocino, meat loaf, embotido, chicken nuggets and other chicken dishes. They were divided into 7 groups and participated in the cooking demo. Meat and Ingredients were provided by the DA Regional Technology Commercialization Center (RTCC) headed by Arlene de Asis, Science Research Specialist II who also served as resource person and trainer during the activity.


Guests present during the program were Luz Marcelino, Chief, BIARC, Engr. Che Bermejo of the Provincial Governor’s office, Emily Bordado, Chief RAFIS, Rodel Tornilla, RTD for Operations and staff from the PLGU Cam Sur office. Marcelino delivered a message of appreciation and encouragement to the PWDs. That no matter how simple is the undertaking, it is important to take it by heart, commitment and passion. She said that these people with impairment are very special in our society and should be given special treatment and recognition.

Further, Emily Bordado of DA RAFIS, lauded the participants for their willingness to compete. That despite their condition, they willingly showed up and ready themselves to excel in their chosen field. She encouraged them to engage in other projects such as corn cob craft making for additional income since the materials needed are not expensive. Brochures on Meat Processing and related reading materials were also distributed to the participants.

Meanwhile, Rodel Tornilla who represented DA Regional Executive Director Ellen de los Santos, explained that the DA is one with the LGUs in supporting PWDs. He said that the agency focuses not only on farmers but also other sectors. He challenged the participants to prove to themselves that though disabled, they are not a burden to society. “ Mawot ta na umuswag sa gabos na sector” (we aim to be progressive in all sectors), he quipped.

Darlyn Orido, participant from Milaor Camarines Sur shared that she had suffered various forms of discrimination. This has not stopped her to avail of livelihood trainings. She thanked the DA and the Provincial Government for initiating livelihood projects and trainings. She now looked forward to be empowered and competitive. “Gusto ko patunayan na maski may kapansanan, kaya ko guibuhun an naguiguibo kan normal na tao” (She wanted to prove that she can do what other normal individuals do)

The cooked products were later distributed for free taste. The Provincial government gave away packages containing 3 kilos rice and grocery items to each PWD participant. (B. Nunez)