USeP turns over community-managed plant nursery to New Bataan farmers’ org

 10 - 23 - 17
University of Southeastern Philippines News

Partners for development: USeP, Cogonon farmer-cooperators, New Bataan LGU and Compostela Valley LGU gather for a posterity photo

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Typhoon Pablo survivors and now members of the Cogonon PATABA Farmers’ Association Inc. and Dr. Danilo B. Pacoy (4th from right), Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension during the turnover of the community-managed plant nursery

 

The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) demonstrates its unwavering commitment to its community through its extension service called Programang Agrikultura gamit ang Teknolohiya aron Ayuda sa Bukid para Asenso ka (PATABA).

Dr. Danilo B. Pacoy, Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension (RDE), turned-over the new community-managed plant nursery, with its Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate as a duly-registered organization, to Cogonon PATABA Farmers’ Association Inc. This Association is composed of 20 selected typhoon Pablo-stricken farmer-cooperators of Brgy. Cogonon in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province.

This community-managed plant nursery is expected to contain about 40,000 cacao and forest tree seedlings, which the PATABA farmers will use or sell to neighboring farmers to augment the resources of their existing farms.

Orlando B. Tuyor, president of Cogonon PATABA Farmers’ Association Inc., expressed gratitude and happiness over the activity, which has become a venue for the gathering of partners from the academe and municipal and provincial local government units (LGUs). He represented the farmers’ organization during the turn-over ceremony held at Cogonon Elementary School.

Also present during the program were Cogonon Elementary School Principal, Oliver S. Tuyor, Provincial FITS Manager Roland Sibayan (representing Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Rolando S. Simene), Municipal Agriculturist Dr. Renato C. Bermejo, Executive Assistant Ariel Balbin (of Municipal Mayor Gerardford Balbin), USeP Extension Director Dr. Mervin G. Gascon, PATABA Project 5 leader Prof. Mercy C. Leaño, and USeP-CARS Extension Head Dr. Fernando V. Magdato, Jr., among others.

PATABA was originally a project of Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMAARRDEC). In May 2016, USeP took over the project, which became known also as Pablo 2.

The PATABA also aims to upscale the science and technology-based interventions for selected farmers through establishment of integrated farming systems, technology-based enterprises, market linkages, and development of farm facilities.

Proposed activities and direction of the farmers’ organization were then openly discussed during the consultation meeting facilitated by PATABA program leader, Dr. Cecirly G. Puig.

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