In a simple awarding ceremony held at the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office in Davao City, the Puentispina Farm received their PhilGAP certification for their cacao and coconut products while the Yoshida Farm is certified as PhilGAP compliant for their cassava products. On the other hand, Lao Farm is certified for their corn products both for consumption and processing while the CDUS farm is certified for fresh mango products. 

“GAP aims to ensure food safety and assure quality of farm products while putting premium to environmental protection and that to workers’ health, safety and welfare,” said DA Regional Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr.

Oñate said PhilGAP is a seal of assurance for consumers to rely on the quality and safety of their farm products and he hopes that more farms in the region will be also accredited.  

Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Charita Puentispina said the PhilGAP certification will further boost marketing of their farm products in the ASEAN and other foreign markets considering pronouncements from chocolate makers that by 2020 they will only source beans from GAP certified farms.

“Farming is really a great business and we would like other farmers to have similar outlook so they will no longer be marginalized,” she said.

The four certified farms in the region has a one year validity and can extend it for three month provided that they have already filed renewal for PhilGAP Certification.  They can use the PhilGAP logo exclusively for the certified crop produce as part of their advertisement materials with the certificate and farm identification number for traceability purposes.