With hopes and dreams of improving the quality of life of its people through the development of programs and continuing education to encourage active participation in local governance in support of the development thrusts of the municipal government, LGU – Dalaguete represented by Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante entered into an agreement with the Cebu Chambers of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (CCCII) represented by Ms. May Elizabeth S. Ybañez and AFOS Foundation represented by Ms. Teresa C. Pono last March 8, 2016 at the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Session Hall. The inking was witnessed by Ms. Nanette Arbon, New DTI Provincial Director; Dr. Ely Tecson, DTI 7 Business Development Officer and incoming Bohol Provincial Director; Engr. Expedizitas S. Lenares, Municipal Agriculture and Natural Resources Officer; Ms. Madelyn C. Sarona, Division Head on Agriculture; Don Traje, AFOS Foundation Project Coordinator; Hilario Mongas, AFOS Foundation Agri-Technician; and farmer leaders.

The parties have agreed among themselves to jointly implement farming-related interventions of OURFood Project for selected farmer groups in Dalaguete, Cebu. Optimizing and Upscaling Roles in the Food Supply Chain (OURFood) is a project implemented in the Province of Cebu by AFOS, a foundation organized by the German Federation of Catholic Entrepreneurs as their contribution, out of Christian inspiration and responsibility, to help towards self-help, self-employment and entrepreneurship; in partnership with CCCII, an organization representing the business sector in the Province of Cebu which envisions itself as the Engine of Cebu’s business growth and as such, enters into partnership with government and Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) in order to achieve its goals. The project aims to improve the income situation of farmers (agripreneurs) by enabling them to adhere to Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) standards as a principle of food safety, with project duration of October 1, 2014 to September 20, 2017.

To date, more than a hundred Dalaguetenon farmers are already GAP trained and certified and are adapting the good practices in their respective farms. Dumalan Farmers can now supply organically grown produce in the market. With this partnership, the municipality could hope to have increased the number of GAP trained and certified farmers and thus improve the quality of our vegetable produce with ready institutional buyers who agreed to sustain the vegetable industry of Dalaguete.

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