The Bayanihan (pronounced as buy-uh-nee-hun) is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town or community. The term bayanihan itself literally means “being in a bayan”, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.

An example is when the town’s people are asked especially the men to lend a hand to a family who will move into a new place. The relocation does not only involve moving the family’s personal belongings but most importantly it concerns the transfer of the family’s entire house to a new location.

OPM was launched with a mission to create a sustainble symbiotic relationship between two important segments of Philippine society –farmers and OFWs. They knew the financial capacity of OFWs to spend, and potentially to invest, and they anticipated that many farmers are eager for a chance at better production and improved livelihoods.


With the persistent push of the seed mangers, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry in region XIII, where OPM farms and office stand, extended in-kind support through cacao production training sponsorship and distribution of farm materials for cacao production. Most barangay captains are also cooperative in pooling their farmers to receive training proper training on cacao production.

"Bayanihan sa Bukid" by Philippine National Artist, Carlos V. Francisco (November 4, 1912 – March 31, 1969); this mural depicts a community transferring a house to a new place








Bayanihan 2: Barangay Mount Carmel Cacao Production Seminar

November 23, 2016

As new and old cacao growers in Bayugan City, Aguan del Sur are energized by the efforts OFW para sa Magsasaka has started in Barangay Magkiangkang, a second "Bayanihan: Cacao Production Training" is organized in cooperation with our wonderful friends from the Department of Trade and Industry. This time it will be happening even higher in the uplands, on November 24, 2016 in Barangay Mount Carmel. It is a whole-day seminar discussing topics that are relevant to cacao farmers in the city: crop establishment, production protocols, rehabilitation methods, pest and disease management, and harvest protocol.


Contact Iman 0908-1372354 or Abner 0946-3366801 if you're from Agusan and would like to avail of this free cacao seminar. Kung hindi kayo mabilang at ma-register bago mag-Lunes, Nov. 21, hindi po kayo mabibigyan ng lunch and snacks. Magrehistro po kaagad dahil DTI ang magprovide ng pagkain, while cacao doctors/farm manager of OFW para sa Magsasaka will be facilitating the seminar, at si Kapitana Merla Ajan ang nag-organize ng venue. Ito ang BAYANIHAN! :-) Tulong-tulong.


Upang pumunta sa Barangay Mount Carmel kung wala kayong private vehicle, sumakay ng habal-habal sa palengke ng Bayugan City. Pumunta sa terminal ng Magkiangkang/Camel/Olive/Grace State. Banggitin lamang ang Mt. Carmel Gym. 50 pesos ang pamasahe papunta. Malubak po ang pa-akyat kaya magready na lamang.


Kung naman po may private vehicle, ang daan po ay sa Osmena paakyat sa Magkiangkang hanggang maka-abot sa Mount Carmel.


Wika na gagamitin ay Tagalog at Bisaya.

OPM Farmers Discover the Different Flavors of Chocolate at Chocolate Tasting 101: An Introduction to Tasting Chocolate

July 14, 2016

Cacao Doctor Luchie Suguitan held Chocolate 101: An Introduction to Chocolate Tasting, attended by the Farmers of OFW para sa Magsasaka and representatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade & Industries (DTI) of the CARAGA Regional, Provincial and Local Offices, held last 15th of July 2016.

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