HAR­VEST TIME IN PUERTO PRINCESA

Agriculture - - Muscovado Sugar -

TWO HUN­DRED THIRTY-NINE ben­e­fi­cia­ries com­pleted their train­ing un­der SM Foun­da­tion’s Ka­ba­likat sa Kabuhayan ru­ral farm­ing pro­gram. The grad­u­ates are veg­eta­bles farm­ers, 4Ps ben­e­fi­cia­ries, and col­lege stu­dents from 29 barangays in Puerto Princesa and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Abor­lan and Roxas. The cul­mi­nat­ing ac­tiv­ity started with the har­vest fes­ti­val where the fresh pro­duce was mar­keted to in­ter­ested buy­ers. Ac­tiv­i­ties that show­cased the tal­ents of the par­tic­i­pants, a cook­ing con­test fea­tur­ing the veg­eta­bles har­vested, and games were also held.

The Ka­ba­likat sa Kabuhayan Farm­ers’ Train­ing Pro­gram is a CSR pro­gram of SM that aims to pro­vide not only suf­fi­cient veg­eta­bles for the marginal­ized farm­ers but also pro­vide them with al­ter­na­tive means of liveli­hood. Af­ter the train­ing, par­tic­i­pants are more knowl­edge­able about the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in farm­ing and equipped with ba­sic skills to help them be­come en­trepreneurs.

Present dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony were SM Puerto Princesa su­per­mar­ket store man­agers Jhungie Anal­ista and Ad­lyn Gon­zalo; Palawan Re­search and Ex­per­i­men­tal Sta­tion OIC Li­brada Fuertes, Head of pro­vin­cial link PSWD Gray Be­diores; City Coun­cilor Vic­tor Oliv­eros; and Pro­vin­cial Co­or­di­na­tor for Sus­tain­able Liveli­hood Amado Arce.

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