Prominent personalities who visited the Yamang Bukid Farm in Brgy. Bacungan in Puerto Princesa City were unanimous in praising its initiatives in promoting sustainable farming and environmental conservation. YB Farm has become a favorite agritourism destination in Palawan, attracting as many as 10,000 visitors a week before the pandemic crisis.
The VIP visitors included two top officials of the Department of Agriculture, a religious leader and two foreign scholars/scientists.
D.A. OFFICIALS – Roldan Gorgonio, DA undersecretary for finance and administration, shared his thoughts on harnessing the talent of the youth in agricultural pursuits that will help uplift rural communities and ensure food security.
The same views were shared by another DA official – Antonio Gerundio, executive regional director the DA in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).
FROM THE CHURCH – On the one hand, Fr. Rodercik Caabay from Culion said that the Yamang Bukid Farm is an inspiration for the country. The farm could really contribute much to the development of communities not only in the province of Palawan but also elsewhere.
FOREIGN VISITORS – The foreign visitors from the United Stats are Arnold Alagar and Gero Tan. Alagar is an engineer/scientist who wants to come up with community farming projects. He hopes to partner with YB Farm after observing the set up of the farm.
On the other hand, Gero Tan is a young scientist who is the CEO of Verdecalle in the US.
YBF STORY – Yamang Bukid Farm was established in mid-2017. Although relatively young, it has achieved a lot in promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. It employs about 300 farm workers who were mostly illegal loggers but now respected farmers.
The farm grows a lot of flowers which attract many visitors, local and foreign. It is into vegetable production, buffalo dairying, free range chicken, value-adding, fruit trees, culinary and medicinal herbs and many more. It has become a farm school that trains enrolees organic agriculture, vermiculture, livestock production, high-value vegetable production and more.