Our Team


Plantacion de Sikwate is led by some of the prime-movers in their respective industries. They are brought together by a common goal which is to enrich the lives of cacao farmers in the country. They believe in taking the next step to bring the Philippines back to its glory days as being one of the resources for cacao planting, production, and more. Their association may have started in 2014 but the respective members have over 20 years of experience in the field.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board                Cyrus G. Obsuna
Vice Chairman                               Melencio G. Santos
BOD – Secretary                            Sergio B. Opeña
BOD- Treasurer                             Omar A. Janducayan
BOD- Auditor                                 Mario C. Peregrino

Board Members

Christopher L. Fadriga
Bro. Noelvic H. Deloria SC.
Joaquin C. Oquiñena
Rey S. Cabingatan

National Officers

President                                         Christopher L. Fadriga
VP – Luzon                                      Rolando de luna Bolinao
VP- Visayas                                     Dale Bernas
VP- Mindanao                                Alberto D. Dalisay
Managing Director                        Melencio G. Santos
Secretary                                         Emma Ramas
Treasurer                                        Omar A. Janducayan
Strategic Planning Officer  (Luzon)          Manuel Carpio
Strategic Planning Officer  (Mindanao)   Etol Laurente
Media Information Administrator/Marketing    Mia Concepcion
Focal Person-International                   Antonio Grafilo
Focal Person-National  (Bicol)              Romella Fabula
Membership Officer                               Roel J. Antiporda
Research/Development Officer            Raymundo Santos

Honorary Founding Members

Yolanda Stern

  • President Emeritus /Founder-Filipino American Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Founder One World Institute
  • Ambassador of Goodwill, CA. USA

William D. Dar

  • President – Inang Lupa Movement
  • Former DA Secretary
  • Former Dir. General (ICRISAT) International Crops Research Institute for the Semi – Arid Tropics

Rene Pamintuan

  • President of Natural Farmers Institute of the Philippines
  • CEO of Bayside Transport and Logistics Corporation

Mary Ann F.E. Wynkoop

  • President, Mid America American Studies Association,1999-2000
  • Vice-President, Program Chair, 1998-1999
  • Co-Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, American Studies Association, 1996
  • Member, Organization of American Historians

About Us

What is Plantacion de Sikwate?

We are a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc. 

Our mission is to do continuous Research and Development, share the best practices in production, processing, profit making and sharing, engage in Human Resource Development and develop linkages and networking.

We envision a future reality where all individuals and groups involved in the Cacao Industry, in the Philippines and the World, work together for a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership.

How Plantacion de Sikwate Started

We are an association initiated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Davao City last June, 2014.  Our advocacy is to teach Cacao Farmers who believe and support the natural way of farming to produce chocolate that is healthy for consumers. Our core values guide us to look after the:

Welfare of the whole Cacao value chain;
Innovation in the whole Cacao industry;
Sustainability of people/environment in Cacao industry;
Ethical Practices in relations and transactions.



PDS Memberships (Forms)



Be a member and receive the following perks:

1) Planting materials are given at discounted rates
2) Seminars allotted for a limited audience shall be given first to members
3) Filipino Aromatico seedlings that grow till harvest shall be prioritized to Market Security for sales.
4) Cacao beans produced with Filipino Aromatico quality are bought by PDS for use of PDS artisanal chocolate pool of chefs (local/international)
5) Should member request a one in one seminar on PROTOCOLS regarding Planting Chocolate Bar Making, member shall be given a discount and priority on schedule for an exclusive gathering.
6) if member decides to make their own business, they shall be marketed to local/international pool of buyers affiliated with PDS.

PDS Concern to Humanity

PDS Explores Ticao, Masbate

Ticao_IPsClick to view photos 

Cacao is a sustainable option for our brothers, the (Indigenous People) IP’S of the Philippines. Helping them will be a noble action to everyone of us for they are the people protecting our forest. Let us explore, preserve, and populate our cacaos in TICAO.

Several thousands of CRIOLLO Cacao Seedlings are now being prepared from different PDS Camps all over the country which will soon be transported to this amazing island of TICAO, Masbate. All Cacao stakeholders are invited during the PROJECT LAUNCHING which will be announced anytime from now. Even our PDS Chairman Cyrus Obsuna (at his Lake Buhi Resort in CamSur) personally perform the grafting of the few remaining Criollo Seedlings for Ticao Island of Masbate.

The PDS future place for the Criollo Cacao variety will be known to the world. Criollo is the world’s best cacao beans (materials) that will produce fine aromatic chocolates . This island is popularly known to the tourists because of the beautiful beaches and to the scuba divers in search for the excitements mingling with the manta rays.



PDS Affiliated Farms

Lenlie Lecaroz  Farm – Marinduque
The Seed Planet Nursery Farm – Davao City
Pere Green Nursery Farm – Davao City
The Brothers of Sacred Heart Plantation –Davao City
Cabingatan Nursery Farm – Davao City
PELP Nursery Plant – Kidapawan City
RUCHIE Cacao Nursery Farm – Bukidnon
Bantayan Island Cacao Nursery and Plantation – Cebu
Tuburan Nursery and Cacao Plantation – Cebu
Chris Fadriga Nursery and Plantation – Bago City
Pola Green Nursery Farm – Albay
Gubat-St. Anthony Cooperative Nursery Farm – Sorsogon
Global Nursery Plantation – Naga City
Cacao Peak Nursery Farm – Bulacan
Plantacion de Bonbon Cacao Farm –Cebu City
Lake Buhi Nursery and Plantation – Buhi Camarines Sur

(as of July 2016. Updated listing to be released soon)