HARVEST TIME IN PUERTO PRINCESA
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.