YAMANG BUKID FARM: Targets displaced tourism workers for its seedlings and milk

Brother George Maria, son of the farm’s founder, is coordinating with community leaders the massive distribution of seedlings to target communities.
Vegetable seedlings for distribution to target communities. (JM Zap photo)

PALAWAN’s leading agritourism farm is continuing its philanthropic ways. Its new initiative is to help the displaced tourism workers due to the pandemic crisis. This is the Yamang Bukid Farm in Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City which recently started distributing thousands upon thousands of vegetable seedlings and fresh milk to target recipients. Br. George Maria, son of the farm’s founder, is coordinating the distribution with local leaders. 

TARGET AREA – The target beneficiaries are the people who have been depending for their income from the tourism and hospitality industries, particularly those residing in coastal communities within reach from the famous underground river. Officially known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Natural Park (PPSRNP), it was visited by thousands of tourists every day, providing brisk business activities for the residents.

RECIPIENTS – With the Covid-19 crisis, however, tourism is at a stand-still and the residents practically have zero income. These are the boat pilots and their assistants, tour guides, massage providers, food stallholders, restaurants and their waiters, waitresses and drivers, vendors of souvenir items and more.

Fresh buffalo milk given to recipients. (JM Zap photo)

VARIETIES – The vegetable seedlings are for planting in the home gardens of the recipients so they can produce fresh food for their own use or for sale if there is extra harvest. These include pechay, mustard, upland kangkong, tomato, eggplant, okra and others.  A few like pechay, mustard and kangkong can be harvested in 21 days from planting and the rest a few weeks later. These can provide them with fresh food that can boost their nutrition.

PREVIOUS INITIATIVES – Earlier, YBF had distributed fresh milk and healthy food products like Turmeric 10-in-one tea to the frontliners in hospitals and clinics such as doctors, nurses and staff that include ambulance drivers. It had also distributed thousands of seedlings to Brgy. Sabang. But this time, seedling distribution is more massive to include several coastal barangays within reach from the underground river.

ABOUT YBF – Yamang Bukid Farm was established only in 2017 but it has grown so fast that as many as 10,000 tourists, local and foreign, visit the farm every week during normal times. It plants a lot of flowers to attract visitors who don’t pay any entrance fee. It also produces a lot of vegetables and fruits for sale to supermarts and for its use in its two restaurants. Its mother company, Yamang Bukid, is based in Baguio City where it manufactures healthy food products that are sold in 400 outlets nationwide. 

YBF Palawan’s chief agriculturist Totong Arceo speaks before Sabang residents. (JM Zap photo)
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