MANKAYAN, BENGUET – Former CPLA members build farm structures for their organic poultry project under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Project funded by the PAMANA program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
Members of the Benguet Saguday Livelihood Association, the People’s Organization partner of the Cordillera Forum for Peace and Development (former CPLA) started their first phase of Organic Poultry Farming.
During the previous weeks the BSLAI members had a hands-on training on organic feeds processing and organic free-range chicken raising under farmer scientist Eric Tinoyan at his farm in Klondykes, Camp 1, Tuba.
“Adu ti naadal mi (we learned a lot),” said Mr. Nestor Guindayan, the Operations Officer of the livelihood project in Mankayan.
“The process of organic farming is more difficult than the usual. But at least all the materials are around,” commented Ms. Gloria Ngasao, a Bantay Gubat officer who joined the ocular visit. Their training with Mr. Tinoyan includes processing of organic feeds. The ingredients include camote tops, toyo (rice husk), gabi, tricantera, among others.
The Sustainable Livelihood Project is part of the Community Driven Enterprise Development framework of the DSWD that was adopted by CPLA members and the Government of the Philippines to implement their 2011 Memorandum of Agreement.
The MOA includes the economic reintegration of former CPLA members through employment as bantay gubat (forest guard) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, integration into the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and through Livelihood Projects.
“Sala-salamat ti commitment ti gobyerno (We are thankful for the commitment of the government) because even though Cabiten (Mankayan) is not included in the MOA, we are doing this project here now,” said Mr. Thomas, former CPLA zone commander.
The BSLAI farm workers for the poultry project have just finished building a 10x5 sq. meters of chick cage. They are scheduled to build fences around an area of 1,000 sq. meters for the free-range sasso chickens.