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Farmers in a far-flung barangay now into vermicomposting

Cebu City, Philippines. Vermicomposting or the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer is not yet very known in some of the remotest parts of Dumanjug, Cebu but a group of farmers gave it a try after receiving almost half a Million Pesos in livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment.

Members of the Kapunungan sa Mag-uumang Mamumumo sa Monte Maravilla, are now on their toes as they’re set to begin their Community Entrepreneurship Through Sustainable Vermicomposting Project.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton personally attended the blessing of the group’s vermicomposting facility located in Monte Maravilla, Barangay Kang-actol, Dumanjug.

Benefiting thirty-seven (37) breadwinners of member-households located in Monte Maravilla, the project is expected not only to promote sustainable agricultural productivity through vermiculture in the locality but also advance utilization of available resources that will help add value to beneficaries’ agricultural produce.

“We walked several kilometers from the highway just to reach the project site and there, one could see that the group is ready to plunge into this kind of endeavor. Vermicomposting may not be very popular yet in the area but we are optimistic the group will be able to enhance their farming knowledge and methods, while augmenting their income through this kind of farming strategy,” said Director Siaton, who was accompanied during the blessing by Technical Support Services-Employment Workers’ Welfare (TSSD-EWW) OIC, Ma. Teresa Tanquaimco and Cebu Provincial Field Office OIC, Vivencio Lagahid.

The Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF) is the DOLE’s accredited co-partner for said project that also provided the members capacity building orientations on beneficiary identification; marketing; and leadership and management; among others.

With only Php6,000.00, a farmer can start vermicomposting and after six (6)  months, ten (10) kilos of worms can produce 300 kilos of vermicompost. It reduces production cost, while minimizing environmental pollution and promoting soil and water conservation, one farmer excitedly shared.

“We can opt to sell the worms at P500 a kilo. A higher financial and social return of investment can be achieved if vermicomposting is used for organic agriculture,” added another beneficiary.

In an elevated lot, lie concrete blocks that serve as substrate boxes or worm beds for vermicomposting, ready for the job. Director Siaton also lauded the group’s display of readiness for their livelihood project, saying that projects just like vermicomposting are worth the assistance of the Department since they do not only assure of project sustainability but are also environment-friendly.

The assistance released to the Kapunungan sa Mag-uumang Mamumumo sa Monte Maravilla is another initiative born out of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the DOLE’s contribution to poverty reduction especially among the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2021-04-07
SALOME O. SIATON
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