March 20, 2018

The traditional Bayanihan in the Philippines

By the end of 2017, it’s not an exaggeration when we say that OPM may be the most active cocoa farming social enterprise in Asia, going around farms and barangays to teach correct cacao farming methods for free. In this newsletter, we update you with our Bayanihan activities from August until end of 2017. .

True to the essence of what a “Bayanihan” is, we did not and could not accomplish these series of important activities alone. As a social enterprise, we have limited resources though we have bottomless passion to accomplish our goals. We consider it a true blessing that our passion is matched by the efforts of the Depa...

March 10, 2018

You’ve got mail.

After months of silence firming up operations and preparing further legalities both in Dubai and the Philippines, here we are with an avalanche of updates. We do apologize but rest assured that making our investment run smoothly has never made us rest on our laurels.

You’ll be getting a newsletter every Saturday for the next 4 weeks! Don’t forget to follow us in Instagram where we are @cacaodoctor for more immediate updates and we are truly aiming (God-willing) to continue the webinar we started a year back. There we’ll talk more about cacao-farming and the process until it reaches the yummy chocolates we love. Enjoy the read and mabuhay!

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February 15, 2017

We work to ensure our government acknowledges what OFWs do for agriculture and that we get additional support from both local and national levels.  Below were our meetings as featured in the official social media pages of Dept. Of Agriculture Undersecretary and Dept. Of Trade and Industry Agusan del Sur:

  • National level - Department of Agriculture, USec. For High- Value Crops Evelyn G. Laviña

We were featured here at her official FB account: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=312920529106208&id=214334772298118​

Very exciting things were discussed and we will update you once minutes of meeting is out.


 

  • Provincial level - DTI Agusan Del Sur

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October 21, 2016

Our newsletters might have been quiet in September but the OPM wheels were certainly churning. Between Luchie and I, we travelled about 30,000 kilometers last month as part of OFW para sa Magsasaka operations, and very excitingly, to move us nearer to everyone’s passion – CHOCOLATES!


Luchie will be talking about her US trip in the next letter as she tried to understand more the craft of fine chocolate-making. It started with her completion of her chocolate-making course at Ecole Chocolat in their kitchens in Michigan, culminating in her attendance to the “Big Chocolate Show” in New York. She also visited Atlanta, San Franciso and Las Vegas interviewing several cho...

July 28, 2016

Ako, si ______________________, ay nakikilahok sa OFW para sa Magsasaka upang magsaka ng cacao. Ako ay mapagkakatiwalaan ng buong buo at ng buong karangalan. Sa aking pakikilahok, ako ay nangangako na pagbubutihin ko ang sistema ng pagtatanim, pagpapalago at pag-ani ng cacao. Malugod ko'ng tinatanggap ang bago at modernong pamamaraan sa pagsasaka. Hindi sapat sa akin ang nakagawiang "pwede na 'yan." Bagkus, ang pagiging mahusay sa  higit sa nakasanayan at pagkakaroon ng taas-noong kagalingan ay aking pahahalagahan. 

Nawa'y tulungan ako ng Panginoon sa aking pangako.

July 5, 2016

Part of our pre-awarding process in OPM is to ensure our farmers are educated even financially. They must understand what partnership means and what their responsibilities are once they enroll their farm with OPM. We are happy to gain the support of the Agriculture Training Institute of Region 13 in this endeavor, one of the Philippine Department of Agriculture’s agencies, on this two-day training before we sign contracts with the farmers. Part of what they learn is how to maximize use of their land through intercropping and a workshop on managing finances.

We look for partner farmers who really want to grow with us, after all ten years is not a short time. It’s ti...

June 23, 2016

We are proud to announce that OPM, launched just last April 2016, is now ready to roll out partnership for the first twenty hectares of cacao farms constituting our first “seed cycle”. Intercropped with other agricultural products, our cacao farms will be championed by Magkiangkang farmers in Agusan Del Sur, Philippines.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to the Charter Investors – OFWs and our non-Filipino friends who put their trust and full support behind the launch, the first champions of Philippine cacao farming!

This first batch of investors will have the privilege of not only creating impact in the lives of farmers back home but th...

May 11, 2016

Welcome Flores de Mayo! The month of newly-elected leaders of the Philippines, the month of flowers, of continuous warmth of summer, and here in OPM, the month of continuous growth. May springs.

April was unforgettable here at OPM because of the success of the first Bayanihan in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur in Barangay Magkiangkang.  Even as we write this, we are still amazed at how everything happened so fast, yet so cohesively. Together with Iman, seven cacao doctors (classmates from cacao doctors training just last February) shone so brightly with knowledge, experience and energy as they interacted both on class and in the farms of our would-be partners. Friends like...

April 29, 2016

Sixty days after its conception, OFW para sa Magsasaka implements its first Bayanihan project. Eight cacao doctors, 70+ attendees on its training day. Cacao farm management, integrated pest and disease management, and post-harvest were taught, and a dialogue to understand how OFWs can assist in growing cacao farms. 

We thank the good people of Barangay Magkiangkang, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur and we look forward to seeing you again this July!

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April 23, 2016

Welcome to the first newsletter of OFW para sa Magsasaka (OPM)!

What was a tiny idea created on February 14, 2016 is now a live, breathing social enterprise! Thanks to many of you, we’ve already exceeded the 10-hectare minimum we have set in the beginning, though our seed is still open to accepting participants until May 15, 2016. With more hectares to farm, it just means more profits for investors like you and simply many more farmers we can help. All these happened because we were blessed to have YOUR support. If you still have not committed, don’t wait too long! Whether you are keen to help, or keen to earn, or both, OPM is the right platform.

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