In line with the ongoing project entitled “Participatory Development through Community Based Natural Resources Management in Mount Makiling Forest Reserve and Mt. Bulalo,” the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UP Los Baños, conducted an on-site training on meat processing in Brgy. Sta. Elena, and Brgy. San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Batangas on 31 March and 02 April 2022, respectively. The training is in partnership with the Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc.
The training aimed to equip the partner barangays/communities with knowledge and skills on meat processing and provide them with alternative livelihood. The communities identified the said training as one important activity they can use for their livelihood.
The one-day seminar/training composed of lectures and hands-on activities was attended by a total of 50 participants (25 participants from each barangay). During the training, the participants made longganisa, burger patty, and tocino as their outputs at the end of the training. Some of their processed products were cooked for sample tasting.
Indeed, the active participants concluded the training was informative and enjoyable. Dr. Oliver D. Abanto from the Institute of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Food Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, served as a resource person. Dr. Abanto is an Associate Professor and the head of the Animal Production and Products Utilization Division.