Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte

Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte graced the celebration of Organic Month which was held recently at the Rizal Park and recognized the efforts done by the Davao City Agriculture’s Office in the preparations that made the event a success . Mayor Duterte in his message expressed his Office strong support in promoting Organic farming to the farmers in the 182 Barangays in Davao City as it is health-friendly and safe alternative to genetically modified organisms. It is also much more ethical choice than industry farm products.

Councilor Marissa Abella, Davao City Council Committee on Food and Agriculture chair, urged small organic farmers to form cooperatives. This way, they can be certified under the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS).

The PGS will ensure better market conditions for farmers through access to knowledge and better stakeholder connections. But the system will also help expand the organic market as a whole.

         Councilor Marissa Abella

She added that with more push, Davao City is poised to become “the future of organic farming.”

On the other hand, in an interview with Mr. Andry K. Lim, an Advocate of Natural Farming for more than 20 years and an awardee of the ASEAN Agrow Awards 2018, and the Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Organic Agriculture Initiative 2009, he said that he is happy of Mayor Duterte’s strong support in promoting Organic farming to the farmers in the City’s 182 Barangay and his willingness to be of service to them.

Local farmer Ricky Arisola shows Department of Tourism Xl director Tanya Tan some of his farm’s organic products