in Leyte intensify production for bigger market
By JAZMIN BONIFACIO
July 23, 2014
KANANGA, Leyte – The
Bangon Mini-Farms Association in Leyte is intensifying field test over
their 19 varieties of vegetable plantation and slowly tapping in to
big markets nationwide within the year.
It was learned that
Department of Agriculture, Land Bank of the Philippines and the 19th
Infantry Battalion Phil Army, a key facilitator of the project of
Bangon Mini Farm concept in Super Typhoon Yolanda affected areas in
Leyte will soon schedule a weeklong field unit audit to assess the
productivity of all the 19 vegetables required by the would be market
in Ormoc City and markets chains in Cebu.
Field audits shall cover
Ormoc City, Kananga, Capoocan, Carigara, San Isidro, Calubian and Jaro
all of Leyte province and will be assisted by the 19th Infantry
Battalion based in Kananga, Leyte.
Bangon Alpha rouse their
membership from 100 to 426 farmer-partners seven months after Super
Typhoon Yolanda. This increase in number was caused when original
members of Bangon conducted their own trainings to bring others to the
program, similar to what the 19th Infantry Battalion did to its
Farmers Associations in the municipalities of Kananga, Calubian, San
Isidro and Jaro and in Ormoc City.
And, recently, Bangon’s
Ormoc City cluster opened its farmer’s market in Brgy Camp Downes. The
market sells organic vegetable products and is open Friday to Sunday
According to Capt.
Christopher Badong, Civil Military Operations officer of the 19th
Infantry Battalion Philippine Army, the farmers are hoping more access
to institutions and big markets that will lead them to bottom line
growth. And with the market of their agricultural products they will
have to expand their markets to viable, sustainable businesses.
“The idea is, rather than
trying to bus people to farmers’ markets we decided to take their agri
products to where the neighborhoods are,” Badong stressed.
Badong said that they
continue to collaborate with other agencies to come up with different
strategies to help farmers market their produce.
And this can be attributed,
to various interventions being done by the government through the
Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies coupled with the
strong support of the farmers and stakeholders on various agricultural
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Nedy
Espulgar, commanding officer of 19th IB, said the program is indeed
beneficial to indigent farmers whose income is within the poverty
Filipinos are never destined
to be poor, according to Lt. Col. Espulgar.
“We all deserve to live a
life out of poverty for there are many ways of succeeding in life
especially that our country is blessed with vast natural resources
that we can capitalize on,” Espulgar added.
He stressed that in the
context of small farmers, many of them work very hard but still do not
enjoy the quality of life that they deserve.
“Our advocacy wants to see
this scenario change for the better and we hope to encourage future
and present farmers to think like entrepreneurs and uplift their
standard of living and hoping as well that the program will attract
more people, especially the rebels who chose to fight in bloody
battles rather than in ending poverty and hunger,” said Lt. Col.