Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)

TESDA,Nazarene College, Benguet LGUs launch 'Farm to Cup' program

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, March 21 (PIA) -- The Philippine Nazarene College partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the municipal agriculture offices of the 13 towns of Benguet to formally launch the Farm to Cup Program   last  March 16 to improve  the coffee industry in the province.  


TESDA Undersecretary Aniceto Bertiz III said the partnership for the Farm to Cup Program is way that TESDA could provide support during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the lives of  all. (RMC- PIA-CAR) 

Philippine Nazarene College (PNC) led by President Rev. Allan Prado with TESDA officials spearheaded by Undersecretary Aniceto Bertiz III, Director Dante Navarro, Benguet Provincial Director Elizabeth Manio, and representives  from the different Benguet municipalities  rolled out  the program that aims to improve the coffee industry and the way to experience coffee.   

Conceptualized by the PNC and other partners, the program  aims to enhance the coffee industry by offering technical vocational courses related on coffee specifically on coffee planting, coffee processing and to its preparation and serving, and even its business opportunities.

 Bertiz said the  Farm to Cup partnership of the TESDA and the PNC is a way to enhance the skills, and at the same time the livelihood of the different stakeholders particularly in the coffee industry in Benguet. This is also a  means  that TESDA could provide support during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the lives of each Filipino.

Farm to Cup Manager Eli Natividad said the idea of the Farm to Cup Program started when a group of individuals including school officials started planting coffee trees around the school compound particularly at the vacant areas last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They started to conceptualize on how they process the coffee beans and eventually building their own coffee shop. Then they learned about  the programs of TESDA on coffee production which gave them an idea to incorporate the farm to cup program.

PNC Tech Voc Director Melvin Olicia said they partnered with TESDA particularly to offer programs on coffee nursery and production, and to the  13 municipalities particularly their municipal agriculture offices to help promote the  rich coffee industry.  He said they also want to encourage the youth in the different municipalities to enroll as TESDA scholars particularly in the coffee- related courses which they could use in their towns.

Undersecretary Aniceto Bertiz III, Director Dante Navarro, Benguet Provincial Director Elizabeth Manio award  the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Program Registration to the new programs of the Philippine Nazarene College with PNC President Rev. Allan Prado, PNC TVI Director Melvin Olicia and Farm to Cup Program Manager Eli Natividad. RMC PIA-CAR

During the launching program,a historical coffee tree planting was also held at the Farm to Cup coffee farm followed by the opening of the Do-It-Yourself or DIY Brew Bar and Café or a coffee shop which allows the customers to prepare and make their own coffee drinks at a coffee shop within the school compound. This also gives the clients additional learning on coffee brewing and mixing.

 TESDA also  turned over to the PNC the Certificates of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Program Registration for Coffee Nursery Operation Level II, Coffee Production Level II, and Community Program Development Services Level IV.

Also present during the activity were reps from the Cordillera Quality Coffee Circle, Gintong Aral Foundation Founder Rev. Jackson Natividad, Farm to Cup Manager Eli Natividad, PNC-TVI Director Melvin Olicia, Philippine Coffee Advancement and Farmers Enterprise (PhilCAFE) Project Regional Coordinator Christine Abelllon and reps from the 13 municipal agriculture offices in Benguet. (JDP/RMC- PIACAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis



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Mt. Province

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