Coconut Farming Training for Zamboanga Communities
Coconut farming is one of the primary sources of livelihood for communities in Zamboanga City. To help ensure that these partner communities are given opportunities to sustain coconut farming, the Center for Community Extension Services (CCES) organized a coconut farming orientation and coco product skills training at Dulian Upper Bunguiao on May 5, 2015. This program was held in partnership with the Hapagasa Integrated Nutrition Program, Philippine Coconut Society, and the Upper Bunguiao community. The training sought to improve the skills of our farmers on Coconut agri-business as part of their livelihood activities.
The training was graced by a renowned Agriculturist Practices expert, Constantino “Ka Jun” Castillo Jr, who is also the President of the Philippine Coconut Society and Advocate of Organic farming. The training was conducted to share knowledge on responsible organic coconut farming. During this exercise, the farmers were privileged to learn innovative ways of natural coconut agri-business. There were representatives for each partner community farmers of Limpapa, Patalon, Manicahan, Lamisahan and especially Dulian, Upper Bungiao as the host community. Participants from the Ipil Diocese were also present.
After the training, the CCES program officer and community representatives also attended exercises that will allow them to re-echo their learnings in their respective communities.
During the program representatives from the Hapag-asa Integrated Nutrition Program – Ms. Florinda M. Lacanlalay, Ms. Mary Jane D. Trillanes were present. The President of the Philippine Coconut Society, Mr. Constantino “Ka Jun” Castillo, Jr. was also present with Mr. Rey Sabio and Mr. Marco Anjello. Dulian Upper Bunguiao was represented by Hon. Leon Tabuena, Barangay Chairman, and Hon. Perfecto Dela Cruz, Barangay Kagawad.
For more information on the program please contact Mr Mark Candido, Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood Program Officer at (062) 9910871 local 1100.