Testimonies from Central Luzon Region

A coffee farmer in the Central Luzon region, Gina Mangalindan of Brgy. Tala in Orani, Bataan is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated Coffee-based Farming System in Brgy. Tala and Pagasa, Orani, Bataan,” which verified and promoted production technologies on coffee, intercropping with other high value crops, and use of organic fertilzers and pesticides, that contributed on the improved coffee production, and increased area planted in the muncipality.

As one of the coffee farmers, Mangalindan learned more about the processes of rejuvenating, contact and nursery growing, as well as intercropping of other commodities such as pineapples, banana, papaya, ginger, and yam. Other interventions given by CPAR included meetings, trainings, and demonstrations that resulted resulting to improved production and income.

“Ang mga magagandang pagbabago sa pagkakape sa aming komunidad ay nagsimula nang dumating ang CPAR. ‘Yung mga nirequest ng mga tao 20 years ago ay binigay po ng four months. May mga abono, pesticide, at organic fertilizers po. Nasundan din po ito ng mga training sa pag-rejuvinate. Tumaas rin po ang income ng mga farmers. Dati po 36 members lang kami pero ngayon, 200 na po ang beneficiaries. From 100 hectares na coffee plantation, naging 1000 hectares na rin po kami. At kung dati 20 to 40 tons ang naaani namin, ngayon po 80 tons na,” she said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.