ARB coop un­veils cof­fee shop at pro­posed eco­park

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THE Dalaya­pan Agrar­ian Re­form Co­op­er­a­tive (Darco) in Cadiz City has un­veiled its cof­fee shop busi­ness at Barangay Caduha-an in the north­ern Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal lo­cal­ity.

Named Café Darco, the cof­fee shop man­aged by the co­op­er­a­tive of 102 farmer-mem­bers was opened on Thurs­day, May 9.

The cof­fee shop sits within the co­op­er­a­tive’s pro­posed 20-hectare eco­park, which is now on its de­vel­op­men­tal stage.

Pro­vin­cial Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram Of­fi­cer I Mi­la­gros Flores, who spoke at the open­ing rites, said the eco­park is seen to start op­er­at­ing most prob­a­bly next year.

Flores said the ameni­ties of the pro­posed Dalaya­pan Eco­park in­cludes camp­grounds, spring pool and other recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

“The eco­park is in­cluded in the co­op­er­a­tive’s de­vel­op­men­tal plan,” she said, adding that Darco is a pride of the agency and the city gov­ern­ment.

Since it was or­ga­nized in 2012, the co­op­er­a­tive has been as­sisted by the DAR and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Caduha-an Vil­lage Chair­man Mamerto Javier Sr. com­mended the co­op­er­a­tive in terms of its growth and devel­op­ment as an or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Brighter fu­ture is ahead for the co­op­er­a­tive,” he added.

For Luisa Tu­tor, se­nior en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment spe­cial­ist of the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Of­fice, a promis­ing fu­ture awaits the co­op­er­a­tive for ven­tur­ing on projects that will pro­vide them sus­tain­able liveli­hood.

Tu­tor said they hope that Darco will take good care of the abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources en­trusted to them.

Also present dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity are Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist Japhet Mas­culino and Cadiz City Mayor Pa­trick Es­calante.

As he ap­plauded the co­op­er­a­tive for such a “break­through” achieve­ment, Mas­culino ex­pressed hope that the pro­posed Dalaya­pan Eco­park po­si­tions it­self as an agri-tourism site.

“Na­tional and lo­cal agen­cies will surely help the co­op­er­a­tive to achieve its goals in­clud­ing the eco­park devel­op­ment,” he added.

Es­calante also as­sured of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s sup­port to the co­op­er­a­tive in re­al­iz­ing its vi­sion of mak­ing its site as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The mayor be­lieved

that the co­op­er­a­tive has not reach its full po­ten­tial yet, and that there’s more to look for­ward to.

“The co­op­er­a­tive should not solely rely on sug­ar­cane, they must opt to di­ver­sify on other high­value crops like ba­nana and ca­cao,” Es­calante added.

Café Darco serves a va­ri­ety of cof­fee choices, cof­fee-re­lated drinks and na­tive del­i­ca­cies.

Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ev­ery­day, it of­fers cus­tomers a cof­fee drink­ing ex­pe­ri­ence while en­joy­ing a good view of the na­ture.

For his part, Darco Farm Man­ager Dom­i­nador Alave Jr. thanked those who have sup­ported the co­op­er­a­tive.

“At first, it’s hard to be­lieve that we can achieve greater heights of suc­cess in our jour­ney as agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries. But it’s hap­pen­ing now,” he added.

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