The SM Foundation has brought to Guiuan, Eastern Samar its comprehensive training program on vegetable production to provide the Yolanda typhoon victims a source of income within the shortest possible time.
This is through the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program which has proven to be a most successful livelihood scheme that was started in Bacolod City in 2007 and has been continuing since then.
The 100 farmer-trainees from Guiuan make up the 70th batch of trainees under the SM training program. More recently, the SM Foundation, in collaboration with Harbest Agribusiness, also conducted a season-long training for typhoon victims in Tanauan, Leyte.
Vegetable production is about the shortest route for the typhoon victims to produce their own food requirements as well as vegetables for sale in the market.
The 100 farmers who started training last March 31 in Brgy. Cogon came from Barangays Cogon, Timala, Mayana, Banaag, Banahao, Cantahay, Bagua, Lupok, Hagna, Tagporo, Surok, Cagusu-an, Alingarog, and Camparang as well as nearby municipalities of Mercedes and Salcedo. The trainees consist of both men and women.