Tublay residents trained in making herbal, organic products

November 25, 2018

As part of the Tublay Agri-Ecotourism plan mapped by the University of the Cordilleras (UC) in partnership with the Investments in Loving Organizations that can build Village Economies (ILOVE) Foundation, members of the Tublay Organic Farming Practitioners Association Inc. (TOFPAI) were trained in making various products from local organic ingredients.

Organic herbal entrepreneur Meriam Santos, an ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Incorporated Livelihood Trainer, led the training of 42 individuals from November 19-22, 2018 at the Tublay Municipal Agriculture Building.

Santos was tapped by former environment secretary Gina Lopez to train communities all over the Philippines in producing organic products as an additional mode of livelihood. This is part Lopez's nationwide search called Quest for Loving Organizations that can build Village Economies (Quest for LOVE) where UC's Tublay Agri-Ecotourism plan was selected as among the Top 8 national entries.

During the four-day training, Santos showed the farmers how to make an array of products using organic vegetables and herbs locally available in Tublay.

Mainly using the materials brought personally by the participants, she demonstrated how to make products such as perfumes, face masks, toners, liniment oils, vaporizing rubs, sunscreens, body lotions, and lip balms. She also showed farmers how to pack food supplement capsules with turmeric, serpentina, and malunggay extracts.

Aside from personal care products, the farmers also learned how to prepare "organic veggie food" like cookies and doughnuts, and beverages such as malunggay and turmeric tea.

Santos said that in order to introduce innovations, creativity is an important ingredient. She said that locals must discover the plants in their area, research about their uses and benefits, and think of ways it can be repurposed.

"Ang daming potential dito na puwedeng gawin kaya dapat creative sila. Kailangang isipin nila kung paano magagamit ang mga bagay na nasa kapaligiran na nila," Santos said.

UC Vice President for Administration Dr. Leonarda R. Aguinalde has a positive outlook on this project. "This training leads us to believe that living to the fullest aimed at leaving a legacy for the good of the many is never easy but definitely far from impossibility," she said.

Members of the TOFPAI said they will coordinate closely with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drug Administration to register their products which they plan on showcasing in the Adivay Festival. In addition, a space will be dedicated in the municipality's agriculture building for the production of the said products.

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