(Photo courtesy of JM Zap of Yamang Bukid Farm Palawan)

Yamang Bukid, an emerging agro-tourism destination in Puerto Princesa City, is vying for a major Department of Tourism (DOT) award on farm tourism.

This was after Yamang Bukid was nominated by the DOT in MIMAROPA to represent the region in this year’s Lakbay Bukid Awards.

In nominating Yamang Bukid, regional tourism director Danilo Intong in a letter cited the farm destination’s efforts at promoting community participation in farm tourism.

“As this regional office sees the efforts and practices of your organization in involving the communities and pushing for a more sustainable and inclusive growth community through farm tourism, we are pleased to inform you that (DOT-Mimaropa) is nominating (the Farm) for the 2019 Lakbay Bukid Awards,” Intong wrote Hope Alas, YBFP tourism campaign manager.

The contest, Intong said, will highlight the 6th Philippine Farm Tourism Conference by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) on Nov. 6-8, 2019 at Cebu City.

“Part of the event is the Lakbay-Bukid Award which gives recognition of the resiliency, ingenuity and the strength of our hardworking farmers, fisherfolk, and others,” he added.

Alas said she was grateful to DOT Mimaropa for the nomination even as she underscored the farmers’ role in transforming the farm tourism site to its present state.

The 20-plus hectare landholding in the hilly and forested area of Sitio (Sub-village) Candes III, Bacungan has been transformed into a paradise of rural park, with well-manicured flower and vegetable gardens, Instagrammable sites; a restaurant serving local dishes made from organically-grown and naturally-raised crops, poultry and livestock and over 200-strong community of farmers who are former illegal loggers—turned-environmentalists.

“This nomination would not be possible without the hardworking farmers and dedicated people of Yamang Bukid Farm,” she said.

“This nomination will once again bring pride to the happy farming community of Yamang Bukid. We will continue living a life for others by doing business with a heart,” she added.

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