photo shows Danilo Lagado being assisted by soldiers in
unloading water pipes at Brgy. Rubas, Jaro, Leyte. At the right
are the farmer-partners, Dir. Domingo Diaz, Col. Dinoh Dolina,
Lt. Col. Reymondo Delgado and Bangon Trustees Leo and Gert
Blanco during the turnover program on August 20, 2015.
farmer-partners in Leyte increase resilience to drought
By JP CATORCE
August 24, 2015
JARO, Leyte – The
sub-cluster of Bangon Mini Farms Alpha Sector Association Incorporated
in the remote village of Rubas, in the mountains of Jaro, recently
received 600 meters of polyethylene water pipes from Landbank Dir.
Domingo Diaz, the Executive Chairman of Bangon.
LBP Dir. Diaz said Bangon’s
livelihood systems include the embedding of resilience measures in the
farms so its farmer-partners can combat the effects of weather,
particularly drought during this El Niño period. The Bangon
farmer-partners in the Rubas sub-cluster will no longer have to worry
about water for their homes and crops, once the water pipe is
connected to a nearby reservoir that is less than a kilometer away.
Diaz asserted, “Tama na!
Bawal na ang gutom at kahirapan!” during the turnover program attended
by Philippine Army officials, Colonel Dinoh Dolina of 802nd Infantry
Brigade and Lt. Colonel Reymondo Delgado of the 19th Infantry
Battalion, and Bangon Trustees Dr. Leo Blanco, Gert Blanco and Thelma
The military has been LBPs
partner in organizing and empowering Bangon Mini Farms since its
kick-off in January 2014.
The water pipes cost about
P52,000.00, which was funded by donations from private individuals.
Apart from this, Bangon farmer-partners also benefited from other LBP-assisted
programs such as livelihood trainings, seeds dispersal, mindset and
values training, regular farm audits, integration into a supply chain
and a support organization. Bangon has also established a 100 square
meter greenhouse in Rubas to grow high-value crops, which can increase
the association’s income by more than P20,000 monthly.
Aleshyla Diaz, a member of
the Bangon’s Technical Working Group cited that Bangon has installed
eight (8) greenhouses at dispersed locations in Leyte as part of its
strategy so that one or several of these greenhouses can survive any
calamity and thereby provide food to Bangon farmer-partners and
clients. According to Diaz, one greenhouse facility is worth
P285,000.00 and are now operating in Dulag, Tacloban, Jaro, Carigara,
Capoocan, Kananga, Ormoc and Baybay.
Gert Cesar Blanco, Bangon
Sector Head said the production of high value crops in Rubas should
increase further due to its rich soil, healthy micro-climate and
proximity to the main markets of Tacloban and Ormoc.
The sustainment of
mini-farms is crucial for Bangon whose audacious goal is to “end
hunger and poverty, one farmer family at a time”, Blanco stressed.