CACAO & THE ARTS | The town of San Isidro in Davao del Norte is renowned as the orginal cacao capital of the country.

HOTNESS OVERLOAD | The face of devastation has transformed into thriving diversified farms and dynamic rural enterprise.

In December 2012, Typhoon Pablo hit the town of Cateel in Davao Oriental and claimed lives as well as damaged their livelihood.

One farmer stood up and led the rebuilding of their livelihood through chili production. Luis C. Bueno, Jr. chairman of the Malibago, Aliwagwag, Malajos, Aragon Tree Farmers Association says they turn to chili production as it will only take few months for farmers to harvest its produce and earn the much-needed income to overcome the devastation.

DA-HVCDP XI provided the chili seeds to expand their production areas and machines to hasten their chili powder processing.

Seven years after, the association, (which is 90% IPs) has produced El Tigre hot sauce which can rival leading brands in the market. "DA-AMAD supported us in marketing our products by sending us to fairs and exhibits where we reached out to more buyers," Bueno says.

Their chili production areas are now teeming with lush Falcatta trees intercropped with cacao, durian, coffee, and bananas which Bueno says is model for diversified farming.

"Chili plants are still there not only to sustain our chili production in keeping the farm clean and fertile," Bueno says adding other high-value crops will sustain farmers' income during chili's lean months. | via Noel Provido RAFIS11 Photos by Ronell Tangonan  

National DAEA l Members of DA Employees Association - National Executive Comittee (DAEA-NEC) gathered in Davao City to celebrate the 14th DAEA National Convention with the theme "Kayang-kaya kung Sama-sama Tungo sa Minimithing Pagbabago".

Agriculture Regional Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. and Undersecretary for Finance Atty. Francisco M. Villano grace the occasion.

Villano encourages each DAEA to develop close coordination with each other in order to create opportunities for the benefit of DAEA members. l via Eve Deligero / RAFIS-11 

HOPE IN FIBER | Indigenous Ata tribe in a remote village of Tapak in Paquibato District, Davao City pinned their hope in Abaca production to improve their quality of life.

 HALAL GOAT | A feast with a twist focusing on the strategies and interventions of making halal goat technologies and products available in the local and global market is now celebrated in the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP)- Obrero Campus, Davao City.

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