Project PEACE (Partnership for Empowerment, Advancement, and Continuing Education) of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) held Day of Learning, a seminar-workshop with the theme “Binhi isa Paglaum: Resprouting Organic Agriculture Movement in Negros” at the Function Hall, Green Building, Talisay (Main) Campus on November 29, 2022. Representatives of the ARBOs participated in the whole-day event.
The morning session focused on the trainings provided by the university and the Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI) and the research on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by the farmers. Project leader Rhoderick K. Samonte facilitated a consultation workshop where participants shared their feedback on the trainings and the topics that they would like to be discussed in future engagements. They also expressed their opinions and suggestions on a unified policy on the use of PPE and its incentives.
After the workshop, Arnel Pigante from East-West Seed Philippines discussed his company’s products and services through a talk on “Better Seeds for Better and Sustainable Yield.”
For the afternoon session, members of 3Zero Club and CYAN-SAKAbataan Negros joined the group for a series of talks provided by Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE). These were 1) Bayawan Organic Practices by Floramie Espartero Gargoles, Agricultural Technician-I and Organic Inspector of Bayawan City Negros Occidental, 2) The Root of Organic Agriculture of Negros by Edgardo Uychiat, IFOAM Asia Vice President, 3) Agroecology by Olive Seruelo, SEARICE Negros Coordinator, and 4) Young Farmers Rights by Eldemar Sabete, CYAN-SAKAbataan Negros Coordinator.
After all talks were given, Sabete conducted an Advocacy Plan Workshop for the participants.