Beng graces Harvest Festival in Tigbalabag PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014 11:08

Mayor Beng Climaco together with other city officials motored Friday afternoon to Barangay Tigbalabag in the west coast and graced the Harvest Festival and graduation ceremony of “Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan” Farmers Training Program.

Mayor Climaco distributed the certificates of completion to the 106 farmers who graduated from the four-month techno-farming program initiated and funded by Henry Sy Sr., father of Philippine Retail and SM founder-chairman, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Harbest Agribusiness Corp. and the city government through the City Agriculturist Office.

Launched last February, the techno-farming program was participated by 4Ps beneficiaries, Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members and the farmers from barangays Vitali, Tictapul, Tigbalabag, Curuan, Quiniput, Muti, Dita, Lubigan and Sibulao.

Prior to the graduation ceremony, Climaco along with other guests and participants braved the rain as they went to a nearby farm and harvested various crops from vegetables to sweetcorn.

The SM Foundation, Inc. was ably represented by the Assistant Vice President for Livelihood and Outreach Programs Cristie S. Angeles, while Harbest Agribusiness Corp. was represented by its president, Arsenio G. Barcelona with DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo H. Usman.

Joining the mayor’s entourage were Councilors Mike Alavar, Gerky Valesco, Elong Natividad and Gerry Perez, former Zamcelco president Albert Atilano, Atty. Eduard Fronda, City Engineer’s personnel and City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat.

Meanwhile, Palacat said he has replicated the techno-farming program (from planting to harvest) to other five more barangays, namely Manicahan, Culianan, Tolosa, Putik and Ayala at 50 participants each.

This, Palacat said, is part of his program dubbed Sustainable Household Enterprise (SHE) or the “Bahay Kubo” concept of farming.

After the program, the lady chief executive met with the barangay officials first at Tigbalabag Barangay Hall, with another group at Lubigan Barangay Hall, the yet another group of barangay officials at Bolong Barangay Hall in her bid to consult them on matters pertaining to security, health and education development.— Vic Larato