“Nalipay gyud akog daku nga milampos kining maong proyekto, ug wla gayud nakawang ang gihimo sa mga taga DA Research alang sa mga mag-uuma”, Dr. Romulo Cena, Professor VI and rubber expert from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) said.

The same joy and contentment was expressed by Mr. Rodolfo Galang, Rubber focal person from DA-BAR, who actively supported DA SMIARC from the start through funding and in technical aspects.

In 2009, the RBFS project was established in the farm of Engr. Avila planted at a distance of 2x3x21meters. He intercropped the trees with lakatan Banana, cacao and different vegetables.

Today, his Rubber farm could just be a showcase area for other farmers who would want to make their farm productive through the RBFS technology.

Aside from Dr. Cena, the event was graced by DA Region 11 Officials led by Assistant Regional Director for Research and Regulatory Dr. Rafael Mercado, Mr. Rodolfo Galang, (DA-BAR), OIC Chief, and DA Research Division Dr. Juanito Lupiba, Mayor Benigno Andamon, Barangay Captain Allan Magallanes, Mr. Egmedio Saamillao and some DA staff.

It was also attended by more than a hundred farmers and local government officials (LGU).