Two executives and a consultant of Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. and its farming subsidiary were invited as resource speakers by the Department of Agriculture in Region IV-B for its 7th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress slated Sept. 24-26.
DA-Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional field unit Director Antonio Gerundio formally requested Ms. Rea Cantos, YBHPI Vice President for Quality Assurance; Ms. Hope Alas, Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan (YBFP) Tourism Campaign Manager and Dr. Rodolfo Abalus Jr., YBFP consultant, to give lectures on several topics during the three-day event to be held at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan with the theme “OA4K: Organikong Agriculture sa Kumikitang Kabuhayan Para sa Kalusugan at Kapaligiran.”
A respected University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB)-educated Food Technologist, Ms. Cantos heads YBHPI’s Quality Assurance and Research and Development departments and is the company’a authority on globally-competitive high-quality manufacturing practices. She would be giving a talk on “Healthy and Wellness: The Organic Way” on September 25.
On the other hand, Ms. Alas who will talk on agro-farm tourism is a magna cum laude graduate of Mindanao State University (MSU)—one of the country’s premier state tertiary institution—and a former professor of Palawan State University (PSU).
The Farm’s consultant on agro-forestry, Dr. Rodolfo “Jun” Abalus Jr., is an eminent tree scientist who was adjudged as first placer during last week’s International Conference on the Biosphere and Sustainability also held in Puerto Princesa for his research on carbon sequestration on the forests of Makiling Range and its effects on climate change. Dr. Abalus, who also teaches at PSU, will be giving a talk on “Success Story in Organic Farming” at the regional farming congress.
Gerund said the activity is seen to help strengthen the implementation of the practice of organic farming in the country, the use of organic-based farm inputs and the consumption of organic produce.
“The congress will also help participants acquire/gain knowledge on the benefits of organic agriculture as source of income for the farmers, its health, environmental and other benefits,” said Gerundio.
He said the activity also seeks to identify current and future issues and concerns and come up with possible intervention and recommendation for the development of the organic program in the region.
About 300 organic farmers/producers and practitioners as well as provincial and city organic focal persons and provincial agriculturists are expected to participate in the event.