Monday, April 25, 2016

22 Hinabay and Cabulisan farmers are now certified organic farmers

The soil up there is rich and fertile. The wonder of organic farming will keep it forever.

Earlier this month, we have 22 upland farmers in Hinabay and Cabulisan who completed the long months of training on organic farming. They learned how to make natural fertilizers and pest control that saves farming costs and preserves the quality of their farm soils. More buyers, particularly those who are health conscious, are now patronizing organic vegetables. The produce are easily sold out for those who know that farm products are grown organically by our farmers.

The scenic verdant view of Cabulisan, once dubbed as the little Baguio of Leyte.
I expect the certified Inopacnon farmers to echo their learning to the rest of our farmers and  promote upland farming as another interesting venue for Agritourism. Organic farming would best support my long-time idea of promoting agritourism or agrotourism, just like in other Asian countries and other parts of the world. Agritourism or agrotourism is the activity of bringing visitors to a farm or any agricultural field. This would attract more tourists who would like to have a hands-on farm experience. It is  a perfect alternative tourism adventure in Inopacan. Here, we can let our visitors learn and experience the life and cultures on how the lands are tilled and prepared for  planting or enjoy the bounty of harvests. Agritourism will bring money to our local farmers for tourists may buy produce directly from a farm stand or place of harvest. The visitors may also be offered to  navigate the rice fields and vegetable farms, feed or care animal farms, pick fruits, or stay at a bed and breakfast (B&B) on a farm under the care of our local farmers and family.

Welcome to Hinabay

I would suggest also to our upland farmers that they should start now farming and cultivating flowers by taking advantage the cool environment up there.  Flower business is a promising industry and can be expanded to promote the production of honeybees where bees actively supports pollination of fruit flowers that contribute bountiful harvests to everyone's delight. That would be a scenic and fruity ecology in action.

From the Cuatro Islas of Inopacan horizon and its colorful sunsets, we can now lead and connect the roads of local tourism to higher level, literally, up there where the sun rises. Then, there will be more wishlists for tourists and more wonders to discover between the sunrise and sunset of Inopacan.

Back to our  certified organic farmers. Here is a reprint of the story of our 22 local organic farmers from Hinabay and Cabulisan as featured in the April 08, 2016 post of the PIA online:

Leyte ARBs now certified organic vegetable farmers
Leyte ARBs now certified organic vegetable farmers
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 8 - Some 22 farmers from two highland barangays of Inopacan, Leyte are now certified organic vegetable producers after completing the five months training on High Value Vegetable Production using Technology on Natural Farming System.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Sheila Enciso said organic farming is environment-friendly and the products are good for the health.

“This kind of farming is more tedious than the traditional way of growing vegetables, which uses hazardous chemicals. With organic farming they can save more money for they no longer use pesticides and expensive fertilizers,” she said.

Enciso said her office tapped the East-West Seed Company for the conduct of the training under the Agricultural Enterprise Development component of the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP-II).

Participants of the said training were members of the Hinabay Upland Farmers Association (HUFA) and the Cabulisan Multi-Purpose Upland Farmers Association (CAMUFA), who all expressed gratitude for having been trained on organic vegetable production.

According to Edelito Merano Sr., 51, the farmers now use worm manure produced by the CAMAFU as fertilizers for their farms.

Merchant Cristeta Abenoja disclosed that there are more buyers of organic vegetables than those grown the traditional way.

Her vegetables from barangays Hinabay and Cabulisan are easily sold out for consumers already know that products from these villages are grown organically, Abenoja said.

Various organic vegetables abounded during the farmers’ graduation as it coincided with the harvest festival.

Meanwhile, 47 other farmers (27 from the town of Tolosa, Leyte and 20 from Pinabacdao), Samar likewise completed the same training last month though on separate occasions and venue, Enciso added. (JAS/LDL/DAR-8/PIA-8)

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 8 - Some 22 farmers from two highland barangays of Inopacan, Leyte are now certified organic vegetable producers after completing the five months training on High Value Vegetable Production using Technology on Natural Farming System.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Sheila Enciso said organic farming is environment-friendly and the products are good for the health.

“This kind of farming is more tedious than the traditional way of growing vegetables, which uses hazardous chemicals. With organic farming they can save more money for they no longer use pesticides and expensive fertilizers,” she said.

Enciso said her office tapped the East-West Seed Company for the conduct of the training under the Agricultural Enterprise Development component of the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP-II).

Participants of the said training were members of the Hinabay Upland Farmers Association (HUFA) and the Cabulisan Multi-Purpose Upland Farmers Association (CAMUFA), who all expressed gratitude for having been trained on organic vegetable production.

According to Edelito Merano Sr., 51, the farmers now use worm manure produced by the CAMAFU as fertilizers for their farms.

Merchant Cristeta Abenoja disclosed that there are more buyers of organic vegetables than those grown the traditional way.

Her vegetables from barangays Hinabay and Cabulisan are easily sold out for consumers already know that products from these villages are grown organically, Abenoja said.

Various organic vegetables abounded during the farmers’ graduation as it coincided with the harvest festival.

Meanwhile, 47 other farmers (27 from the town of Tolosa, Leyte and 20 from Pinabacdao), Samar likewise completed the same training last month though on separate occasions and venue, Enciso added. (JAS/LDL/DAR-8/PIA-8)
- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1211460080574/leyte-arbs-now-certified-organic-vegetable-farmers#sthash.IcFQVCDu.dpuf

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mayor Lumarda is unopposed in 2016 for his 3rd term

The final list as recorded in the record book of COMELEC Inopacan

The incumbent municipal mayor, Loloy Lumarda, runs unopposed for his third term as mayor of Inopacan along with his vice mayor, Dodo Pua, who is also unopposed. They and the SM member candidates in their ticket filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the Commission on Election (COMELEC) office in Inopacan on October 14, 2015.
This probably is the first time in the history of Inopacan that a mayoral bet and his vice run unopposed in municipal election. 

Ex-mayor Al Lloren, who in previous elections ran as the contending mayoral bet of the Tingog Leytenhon political party, came last in the afternoon of October 16, 2015,  to file his COC as an independent candidate for Sangguniang Bayan member. Among those who are vying to become an SB Members are 3 more independent candidates: Anecito B. Perandos, Francisco P. Degorio, and Fernando B. Rulete.

Mayor Loloy Lumarda of Inopacan. Photo from mayor Lumarda's FB account
Jean Galo de los Santos runs for SB Member to continue the political legacy of her husband, the incumbent councilor and former town mayor Atty. Belo de los Santos. Micmic Buhi and Dodong Evangelista are not in the list this time.   

According to the Comelec's rule, though unopposed, mayor Lumarda and his vice mayor still need more than just one vote to be proclaimed winner. This means that the unopposed candidate still need to open one ballot box from one precinct before proclaiming the winner as the Comelec is required to have a record of votes for candidates even if unopposed. In previous elections where an automated system of voting was used, there was a need for votes to be opened from a whole polling precinct.

When the filing of COC in Comelec ended on October 16, 2015, the following is the final list of aspiring candidates for the upcoming May 09, 2016 local election in the municipality of Inopacan:

  • Silvestre Tilao Lumarda - Mayor (Liberal Party)
  • Rogelio Dotollo Pua, Jr. - Vice Mayor (Liberal Party)
  • Ariel Cristino Chiong - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Zenaida Galo de los Santos  - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Sabino Degracia Pua  - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Diosdado Piamonte Siao - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Alejandro Papas Villarubin - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Eufronio Bayhonan Manapsal - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Ernesto Bulacan Joseph - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Efren Lucero Sumabong - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Anecito Beltran Perandos - SB Member  (Independent)
  • Francisco Peras Degorio - SB Member  (Independent)
  • Fernando Bisnar Rulete - SB Member  (Independent)
  • Alfredo Delalamon - SB Member (Independent)

The record book of COMELEC Inopacan
Edgie with Maria Sarah Gonzaga-Lanugan and Elena Corcilles Inocente of Inopacan local COMELEC office.

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