The recently concluded Ilocos Cacao Level Up Techno-Forum was a blast! Our TeamPDS knew rest was only for the weak in mind and body. Well, hats off to Mr. Elias Sandig, Jr. and Mr. Manuel Carpio, Jr.
September 30, 2017 was at the Badoc Auditorium and started with a good batch of 90 willing and interested farmers. They have already learned new and exciting ways to cultivate their high-value crops in Ilocos.
The amazing realization was “Cacao can allow us to earn more than we expected!” Well, through the help of our TEAMPDS who was present, the farmers intently listened and participated.
Plantacion de Sikwate does not promise the moon but rather, they promise a brand new start. This was immediately seen by the participants. The second month of the -BER series kept them up and about to make sure 50 cacao farmers had the proper learning on how to plant, cultivate, and care for the high-value crop. Cacao happens to be the most sought-after crop to propagate these days; especially when Plantacion de Sikwate stormed the heavens on finding the Criollo – the rarest and most aromatic variety of cacao.
October 1, 2017
To keep you abreast as to why there are two different sets of officers for Ilocos – the Regional Chapter Officers and the Municipal Chapter Officers.
The former is tasked to come up with meetings, and Chapter activities; the latter makes sure that each and every farmer groups within their vicinity know the cascaded directives. The Solsona Ilocos Norte batch of the Level Up Cacao Techno-Forum ended with a meeting with Ehler Aguilar.Looked like #TEAMPDS had some unlimited #happyhormones for they even had the extra energy to meet with the PDS Municipal Chapter heads. To a successful run of the Ilocos Norte PDS Cacao Level Up Techno-Forum, salamat mga kabsat!
Since the Brothers of the Sacred Heart initiated its incorporation on June 8, 2014, the Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc. visited different communities across the archipelago to promote cacao planting.
They have been known to conduct CACAO TECHNO-FORUMS and teach farmers to graft and care for UF-18, BR-25, PBC 123 and W10.
Currently, the association has improved their materials and focused on propagating a hard-to-find cacao variety. PDS launched their Search for the Criollo on November 2016. Soon enough, artisan chocolate companies from neighboring Asian countries and even as far as the United States became interested.
From a humble start to educate farmers, PDS has moved up one notch higher; the Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao “Level Up”.
Why are they “leveling up” with the Filipino Aromatico?
1. generate PRESTIGE for our country by recognizing the facts of the Manila-Acapulco Trade from our Philippine History.
2. give ADDED VALUE to our cacao bean since the best fine chocolates in the world “Filipino Aromatico” will be made available in the country.
3. as one of the top producers of fine aromatic chocolate, we can help our LOCAL ARTISAN CHOCOLATIERS and MANUFACTURERS.
4. because of its best value we can demand of a higher price on our Cacao (bean to bar) related products that will eventually give impact in alleviating the lives of our farmers in the fields.
5. we will be known and may ATTRACT INVESTORS/TOURISTS to visit in our country.
6. billions worth of economy is coming for the Philippines.
Close to 50 participants attended the Bagac Bataan Cacao Techno Forum last February 28, 2017. This was the last “month of love” forums for Plantacion de Sikwate.
It was indeed a high-spirited batch of farmers! We would like to thank you for attending and sharing your cacao adventures with the group.
#TeamPDS would like to thank the Mr. Guillermo Bantugan for sponsoring the venue and food. Without the support of Bagac Municipality, Provincial Agriculturist, National Program Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Remoquillo, OIC, HVCDP, Mr. Fernando Lorenzo, HVCDP Regional Coordinator and Mr. Oscar Oliva, Provincial HVCDP Coordinator for Bataan, this forum will not be possible without you. Maraming salamat po!
WHAT: BAGAC CACAO TECHNO-FORUM
WHERE: GUBAT FARMS RESORT, SITIO MATALANGAO, BRGY. BANAWANG, BAGAC, BATAAN
WHEN: February 28, 2017, 8:00 AM – 5:00PM
For Inquiries, please SMS/Call:
Mr. Manuel Carpio, (0925) 744 5117
Mr. Mel Santos (0920) 544 2039/ (0916) 717 0207
REGISTRATION IS FREE!
Food will be served.
Special thanks to Guillermo Bantugan
There will be a PDS CACAO TECHNO-FORUM tomorrow. Apologies for a hurried scheduling. You are all invited.
WHAT: LEMERY CACAO TECHNO FORUM
WHERE: Brgy. Maikling Dahilig, Lemery Batangas
TIME: 8AM -5PM
DATE: January 31, 2017
REGISTRATION IS FREE.
For details: contact
LEO ALILING (0936) 568 4389
MEL SANTOS (0920) 544 2039/(0916) 717 0207
The Basud, Camarines Norte PDS Cacao Techno-Forum last January 27, 2017 was a big SUCCESS! Our PDS Team comprised of Mr. Mel Santos, PDS Vice-Chairman, Mr. Manuel Carpio, PDS Certified Member and Business Manager at Agropower – Philippines Corporation, Mr. Sonny Sabio of Cacao de Asis, Mr. Rufo Villamarzo, Ms. Romella Fabula, PDS Bicolandia Focal Person and Mr. Emmanuel Reyes.
Over 80 participants were welcomed by Basud City Mayor Adrian Davocol, Jr. at the Function Hall of the NEW BASUD SPORTS COMPLEX. The participants enjoyed the forum and were treated to a special question and answer portion. Thank you Sir Manuel Carpio for the of 500 ml Agropower organic fertilizers.
Thank you to Mr. Ernesto Lagarteja, President, of Basud Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Development Cooperative (BARBDC).
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[It is to be remembered that] the BARBDC is a project of the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) Development Strategy adopted in 1993 to focus on priority agrarian reform areas to maximize resource allocation, complementation, and mobilization for greater efficiency and impact taking into consideration the limited financial and material resources of the government. These cluster of contiguous barangays within a municipality where majority of the CARP-covered lands have been awarded to a critical mass of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). The ARC strategy applies the integrated area development approach where the ARBs and their communities are the primary focal points of development interventions. (source:Department of Agrarian Reform)