THE Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) recently sealed a partnership that aimed to help restore the livelihood of the farmers affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Under the partnership, the PCA and ABS-CBN Foundation will conduct clearing operation, replanting, reproduction, technology and technical assistance to a group of farmers from Basey, Sta. Rita, Marabut in Samar province and Dulag in Leyte province.
The PCA will provide fertilizers to revive the crops damaged during the typhoon and will also give seedlings of potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, pinakbet vegetables and others for intercropping or the process of growing two or more crops in proximity. They will also train farmers in augmenting their production and income.
“Replanting may take around seven years before we harvest. Intercropping is more immediate and will also serve as everyday food for the farmers so we hope to start this as soon as possible. They can already enjoy the results of intercropping after 1-2 months,” Euclides Forbes, PCA administrator, said
For its part, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, through the use of their resources, commits to community organize and handle the sales and marketing of the crops produced by the farmers in the said communities.
“Isa sa strengths ng ABS [CBN] is sales and marketing, we’re media eh. And the foundation is good in community organizing. So if we work together, there will be no problems,” Gina Lopez, chairman of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, said.
The partnership also aims to rehabilitate and build coconut hubs in certain areas of the country where the crop is abundant such as in Mimaropa. With this facility, coconut farmers from the area will be able to produce more products such as flour, vinegar and soy sauce.
“The farmers and fishermen are the ones heavily affected by typhoon Yolanda. They are the ones that need help. The money we collected should go to them plus the added value. The crops need to be sold so there should be someone who will take care of the sales and marketing. This partnership between PCA, BFAR and ABS-CBN Foundation is a marriage made in heaven for the country,” Lopez said.