Organic farming pushed for environmental preservation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:08

The Earthsoul Solutions, Inc. (ESI), advocating the protection and preservation of the environment stressed yesterday the need for the government and private sector to rally behind organic and natural farming that is an effective way of preserving the environment.

“We are inviting the DA, the DENR and all these government agencies including the DILG, TESDA) the DepEd, DTI, Civil Societies, POs, NGOs and others to rally behind organic farming to what was then the way of life of our forefathers,” Dr. Francisco de la Peña Jr., Earthsoul board director said.

Earthsoul Solutions, a locally based non-governmental organization (NGO), is organizing the first ever Mindanao Environment Summit and Green Caravan scheduled on April 20-22, 2012 in Davao City to raise the level of awareness among the people on the need to protect and preserve the environment.

De la Peña, also president/CEO of ACES Polytechnic College in Tagum and Compostela Valley, said that “we are going to do this in order that we can protect our environment. If we are going to protect the environment then it will redound to the best interest of humanity.”

He explained they have conceptualized this summit and invited all the stakeholders to join hands on natural farming because it is the only way, where they can access to healthy food. “If you have access to natural food you’re going to help the body, you will have healthy people and healthy community. If you have a healthy community this is a community that can push development.”

In simple term, he said, the people should go back to the old practices but there is an improvement. “We are still going to use pertilizers, but this time it is organic. So we are going to use the leaves of the plants we are going to decompose and introduce micro organisms.”

Summit organizers headed by Ibno Turabin, a civic leader from Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula, said that natural /organic farming method will be discussed during the April Environmental Summit in Davao City and that Region 9 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be heavily involved during the event.

“We will also be discussing the effects of Climate Change and what happened in Cagayan de Oro City in Iligan City, Compostela Valley and other places in the Philippines. Then, we will be talking about how we are going to reforest our mountains we have the so called agro forestry,” Turabin said.

According to him, they are going to inculcate into the minds of the participants in the summit on the value of embracing nature and looking at nature as a vital component in any development program.

Meanwwhile, Dr. de la Peña said they will help change the face of the ARMM through organic farming.
“With the use of organic farming it will translate to environmental protection,” he added.

On the issue of the anti-organic movements, de la Peña said: “We will inform them that we have only one earth and all these things that we are doing is to make the father earth tronger and we are going to restore fertility of the soil through natural farming.”

“We are pro-people. All these things we are doing in protecting environment, natural farming these are all geared toward enhancing the humanity and also preserving bounty of nature in order the next generation comes will be able to enjoy them,” he further said.

The group also expressed support to National Greening Program, one of the main thrusts of President Benigno Aquino III, saying that they will support what they can do. “If we will be invited, we will join them because ours is “pro bono”.

Concluding the interview, Dr. de Peña reiterated their appeal to the people, saying that whether they come from private sectors, business, govenrment sectors and NGOs to join them in the concern for environmental protection and organic farming.

“We have already seen the symptoms like the Cagayan de Oro case the people are still suffering until this time. We should be serious about this. We just do not look at forest as source of income. We should not forget that there should be short term income of the farmers, and we are going to plant organic vegetables, and all crops to be eaten by the people.”

The Earthsoul Solutions officers headed by Mr. Turabin together with their president Josephine Gamboa Lim, Andry Lim, considered as “Father of organic farming”; as well as DENR and TESDA officials from different regions in Mindanao — Jing Macapili, Dominador Dizo, Eduardo Holoyhoy, and Lucille Arquiza who attended the two-day consultative meeting on Environmental Summit at Lantaka Hot1el — are expected to pay courtesy call today on Mayor Celso Lobregat at City Hall. — HG