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.
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