DOT teams with DENR, LGU Sta Ana and PAO in Organic Movement
The Department of Tourism collaborated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, LGU Sta Ana- Municipal Agriculture Office and Provincial Agriculture Office on organic movement through a training on Organic Farming Technology conducted to women members involved in culinary enterprise of Palaui Island Environmental Protectors Association (PEPA) on May 7-8 this year in Punta Verde, Sta Ana, Cagayan.
The training unleashed opportunities of growing organic vegetables with limited factors like soil, water and sunlight which consequently provide additional income for the women members as well as additional attraction to guests in Nature Village, Punta Verde Island, as they can pick and pay seasoned vegetables while savoring the beauty and diversity of the island.
Speakers of this activity include the Municipal Agriculturist Officer of Sta. Ana Richard Alibania with staff Mrs. Elizabeth Capina who shared Organic Act of 2010 and Steps in Organic Rice Production; Provincial Veterinarian Elma Bermudez introduced Kitchen Garden Technologies with Natural Faming Inputs; and DOT Tourism Operations Officer Charo Caise who introduced the Accreditation of Agri-Tourism Farm/Site which should be the platform for the establishment of the organic container gardening as an additional come-on to tourists in the island. All of them advocated of going back to basics as what is best for the environment is aslo best for the people.
The second day was devoted to facilitation of the speakers in the actual demonstration of establishing a container garden using wastes like softdrink plastics and cans. Learners were also taught in concocting organic farm inputs like indigenous microorganisms (IMO), fermented plant juice (FPJ), calcium from egg shells, lactic aciod bacteria serum (LABS), fish amino acid (FAA), oriental herbal nutrient (OHN). All of these inputs were made utilizing available materials within the community to reduce cost like fish bones, seaweeds, banana trunk, papaya fruits and sweet potato leaves.
The Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section Chief Salome Bonnit expressed her gratitude in the successful conduct of the training. This activity is one of the components on the approved project proposal funded by the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a financial assistance support to the Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises of PEPA under the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Project promoting sustainable use of resources and open opportunities of benefits among stakeholders.