Five Mangyan communities in Oriental Mindoro will soon enjoy improved socio-economic status through science and technology-based livelihood interventions.
Mindoro State University Vice President for Research, Extension, and Development and Project Leader Dr. Lourdes V. Icalla said they have launched a project that aims to improve the Mangyans’ existing livelihood and provision of resources towards attaining sustainable food and poverty threshold levels.
She said the project targets increased livelihood income through enhancement of production and marketing because of wider market reach; strengthened public-private partnerships; improved children and adult literacy; increased social capital among community members; and an established quality Mangyan brand.
Icalla added it also aims to empower Mangyan communities by improving literacy and leadership capabilities as well as promote Mangyan products through communication and marketing.
Objectives will be attained through capability building in the form of training in food production, processing, and marketing; development and production of IEC materials; provision of basic literacy and numeracy; leadership training; and provision of scholarship to selected Mangyan students. Butch Gunio
“S&T Community-Based Farm for Inclusive Development on Livelihood Improvement of Mangyan Communities in Mindoro through Science and Technology Interventions,” project is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research (PCAARRD).
Pampamayanang Mangyan Ugnayan Inc. supports the undertaking that will run for three years. Butch Gunio