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PLDT, PBSP sponsor ecofarm tour for farmers

by Katrina A. Mallari | May 17, 2019
Farmers who were part of the ecofarm tour sponsored by PLDT and PBSPSeen in photo are some of the farmers who were part of the ecofarm tour.

PLDT, through its Community Relations (ComRel) Division, recently sponsored an ecofarm tour for farmers to enable them to learn some earth-friendly ways of farming and alternative livelihood opportunities.

Conducted in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the tour in Luntiang Republika Ecofarms in Alfonso, Cavite was attended by farming organizations that included the Ayaas KayRofa Farmers Association, Inc. (AKFA), Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Magsasaka ng Calawis, Inc. (NASAMASABACA), Tulungan sa Kabuhayan ng Calawis, Inc. (TSKC), and Samahan ng Katutubong Dumagat, Inc. (SKD).

PLDT Community Relations Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera
PLDT Community Relations Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera tries a cup of tea made during the demonstration.

The Luntiang Republika Ecofarms follows a strict organic protocol where no pesticides are used to help the crops and plants grow. Some of the alternative ways presented to the farmers were the use of organic fertilizers and the importance of value-adding products as another source of income. The tour also included soap-making and tea-making demonstrations. For the tea-making demo, the instructor used various herbs, such as Taragon and Spearmint.

According to owner and founder Eduardo Cleofe, “The Luntiang Republika Ecofarms, in partnership with some local farm associations and cooperatives, serve as a platform in discovering the many facets of agriculture which enable farmers to find innovative ways of farming, including agri-tourism, value-adding products, and crop-planning.”

“We are optimistic that this tour will help our participants engage in eco-friendly farming while sustaining their livelihood with some newly-acquired knowledge on alternative ways of earning an income,” said PLDT ComRel Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera.

Calawis farmers with PLDT and PBSP employees.
In photo are the farmers with PLDT and PBSP employees. Standing 4th and 9th from left, respectively, are PBSP Luzon Regional Center Manager Kristine Jimeno-Rivadelo and Luntiang Republika Ecofarms Owner and Founder Eduardo Cleofe.

The ecofarm tour is part of PLDT’s commitment to provide alternative livelihood opportunities for farmers from various organizations nationwide. PLDT also aims to preserve the Marikina watershed and its environs where the tour participants work and cultivate their farms.

“We are thankful to PLDT and PBSP for including us in this ecofarm tour,” TSKC President Virgie Hernandez Bañaga said. “This tour taught us new and better ways of farming which will continue to provide for our families. We also hope that people will appreciate our efforts in protecting the environment through farming,” she added.

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