Manong Joe was cited for his international recognition as one of the Top Cocoa Producers in the World for the 2019 Edition of International Cocoa Awards that will be celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France from October 30 to November 3, 2019.

His international recognition manifests the vision of Manong Willie to make smallholder farmers competitive both in the local and international market.

"United we are and with political support, our cacao industry can grow where we would like it to be. The private sector should come forward and work with small farmers (like Manong Joe)," Manong Willie says stressing the big-brother helping small-brother approach.

He urges Manong Joe and other backyard farmers to collectively group themselves to leverage his international recognition with big industry players.

Manong Willie and Manong Joe's meaningful encounter was one of the highlights the Cacao Summit held August 24 in Davao City.