Chef Armin Rivera of Mary Mediatrix of all Graces Academy was tapped by the PSTC to train the twenty-seven (27) participants on veggie-based bread making. The training consisted of six (6) technologies which include Moringa Pan de Sal, banana bread, carrot ensaymada, sweet potato bun with banana heart patties, squash dough pizza with veggie-toppings, and pineapple bread.

Four (4) learning institutions from the municipality benefitted from the CEST project entitled “Provision of Equipment for Bread and Pastry Production,” namely Don Marcelino National High School (DMNHS); Kinanga National High School (KNHS); Lawa National High School (LNHS); and Don Marcelino Maruya Elementary School (DMMES). Three of the four learning institutions were provided wood-fired oven and baking tools under the project.

The training intends to promote health and nutrition as well as productive livelihood for the people of Don Marcelino. It also hopes to promote healthy and nutritious snack foods to address the gaps on health and malnutrition among elementary and high school students in the community. Aside from addressing health and nutrition, the project also aims to develop the skills of the teachers particularly on technology and livelihood in support to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 program.

Don Marcelino NHS also started producing bread and cookies for their students and teachers. DMNHS school head, Ms. Irine C. Mahinay shared their experience and encouraged the other beneficiaries to go into production and promote entrepreneurship among the students and parents of Don Marcelino.

DOST’s Community Empowerment through S&T (CEST) program aims to lessen poverty incidence at an acceptable level and fast-track adoption and development of S&T-based enterprises in the municipality.