The first ever ZamPen Native Chicken Fiesta hosted by the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) was overwhelmingly successful as WMSU, through the Western Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources, Research and Development Consortium (WESMAARRDEC), was able to open new business opportunities and shared knowledge to our local farmers in the region.
The two-day event focused on Techno Business, Technology to People series of forums discussing essential topics for those who are interested and are into the breeding and production. Dr. Synan Baguio, Livestock Research Division (LRD)-PCAARRD Director talked on “S&T based Selection, Breeding and Free Range Production Management of ZamPen Chicken”, Mr Alfred Parungao of DOST-PCAARRD with Dr Rafael Baguio of WMSU discussed about the “Range Manage Protocols and Feeding Strategies for a Sustainable Native Chicken Production”. Tips and important “must-dos” on the Breeder Native Chicken and Hatchery Management were enthusiastically disclosed by one of the WMSU’s native chicken expert, Dr. Teresita Saavedra. Strategies on the Pricing and Marketing ZamPen Native Chicken were given by the WESMAARRDEC Director herself, Dr. Teresita Narvaez. As for the sharing of personal experiences from the Farmers’ Cooperation, Mr Jambaro Naga of ZDS, Ms Lilia Manuel of GARBEMCO and Wilfredo Castillo of the BUCOR SRPPF shared their tales on the propagation of the native chicken.
This Fiesta did not only open doors to entrepreneurs but also to food enthusiasts who presented new native chicken recipes during the first day of the event. Simultaneous with the opening program, the final battle for the ZamPen Native Chicken Cooking Challenge was also conducted in WMSU College of Home Economics. The top four finalists prepared mouthwatering native chicken innovative dishes which made it hard for the judges to choose whose cuisine tops the other. In the end, the most unique and complex dish out won the others.
A photo and poster-making contest was also conducted, participated by the different schools in the city, some participants also came all over from neighboring provinces like Basilan and provinces in the Sibugay. Awarding of winners from the various contests was held during the closing program on the second day.
Overwhelmed by the success of the event, the prime mover of the event, WESMAARRDEC Director, Dr. Teresita Narvaez thanked each and every participant in contributing to this success. Quoting her in mixed emotions saying “I cannot do this alone without the help of some of my friends” as she payed gratitude to the partners of the event, the WMSU prexy, Dr. Milabel Ho, the various committees composed of some offices of the WMSU, the DOST-PCAARRD, partner schools and universities in the country, KCC Mall de Zamboanga, media partners, the participating schools, walk-in participants and the Local City Government headed by the City Mayor, Ma. Isabelle Salazar, for gracing and supporting the event. This is only the first and “in a year or two, we will have another ZamPen Native Chicken Fiesta” says Dr Narvaez.
The winners of the various contests are as follows:
Native Chicken Cooking Challenge Winners
Josefina H. Cerilles State College (Dumingag Campus) – First Place
Jose Rizal Memorial State University (Tampilisan Campus) – Second Place
Zamboanga National High School (West) – Third Place
Ayala Technology Vocational School – Fourth Place
Marvin Jake Macansantos (Ayala National High School) – First Place
Aldrin Pantilanan (Ayala National High School) – Second Place
John Marquis Ebol (Zamboanga National High School- West) – Third Place
Gritchen Batoy – First Place
Christian Mathew Rojas – Second Place
Donna Marie Zamora – Third Place
(Ella Dee P. Cruz-PAO,WMSU)