The Department of Labor and Employment – National Reintegration Center for Overseas Foreign Workers (DOLE-NRCO) facilitated a learning journey to various agri-business learning sites for the Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) returnees with their families.
In partnership with Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), the program is agriculture and business development project for OFW entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs and their families that provide opportunities for exposure visits, experiential learning and skill enhancement training specifically in agricultural business.
The first learning site visited was Buhian Diversified Farm located in Initao town, Misamis Oriental. With coconut as major crop, this farm is run by Engr. Edgar Buhian and his wife Nemia Penita Buhian. They manage the 1.2 hectare land which contains livestock integration, coconut-cacao nurseries and their coconut processing enterprises. The participants were able to tour around the farm while being oriented on the different agriculture-based business.
The next learning site visited was Alomah’s Place situated in Dahilayan, Bukidnon province. A two-hectare farm/retreat place/camping site/training area is owned by Benjohn and Grace Mahistrado. The orientation proceeded with a tour and the owners showed their lettuce and other products and the nursery area where they grow their seedlings.
They have a lot of plants, herbs and other greens on the sides. The couple harvests them and sells the same to commercial market. The farm is 50 percent organic. Half of the farm focuses on their main crop which is lettuce. Alomah’s Place is known for their fresh lettuce and other vegetables.
After the tour, distribution of certificates capped the whole undertaking.
The ceremony concluded with a closing message by Marry Gil A. Damasing, NRCO-10 coordinator, giving boosts to engage their livelihood programs in agriculture of which was taken with positive response by the beneficiaries. (MGAD/NRCO-10)