Davao in position to become country’s chocolate capital
The province of Davao is being positioned as the chocolate capital of the Philippines.
Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio bared their plan to make Davao’s cacao industry globally competitive during her first State of the City address on Sept. 12, 2017.
“It will provide an opportunity for the small entrepreneurs, marginal farmers, upland farmers, and indigenous people of Davao City to be players in the cacao and chocolate industry by producing globally competitive quality chocolates,” DuterteCarpio said.
She said the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) had extended P9.05 million in financial assistance to the city’s cacao farmers.
“We have an ongoing implementation of the cacao production and marketing of dry fermented beans, a sub-project under the Philippine Rural Development Project-Investment in Rural Enterprise and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity (PRDP-IREAP) with Subasta Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIMPC),” she said.
This project has 16 cluster members from Calinan, Tugbok, Baguio, and Marilog districts with a total of 227 recipients, which include 97 members of the Indigenous Peoples group, she added.
DA-PRDP is a six-year national government platform for inclusive, valuechain oriented, and climate resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.
“We envision a formidable agricultural sector that is not weather dependent and is resilient to climate change. We would like our farmers to become businessoriented partners. We want to see an end to the slavery of farmers by financiers,” said Duterte-Carpio.
DA Davao region director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. said cacao is one of the region’s champion commodities as the region supplies 80 percent of the country’s cacao production.
“We have numerous assistance to the cacao industry already. Our project with the city government in Subasta, Calinan amounted to a total of P26 million including the equity share of the LGU and the farmers associations,” said Oñate who is also the director of PRDP-Mindanao.
“It will not be far-fetched that the city can become the chocolate capital of the Philippines because we have the potential to be one. For instance, our Davaobased chocolate producer – Malagos Chocolate, has received numerous recognition abroad for producing world class dark chocolate,” City Planning and Development Office chief Ivan Cortez said in a separate interview.
CHOCOLATE ORIGIN: Farmer-member of Subasta Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative tends the drying of cacao beans, the source of world-renowned Davao dark chocolate.