Legazpi City, November 13
Pilmico turned over 40 piglets to 20 pre-screened beneficiary families in Legazpi City, Albay at the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin Food and Livelihood Expo at the Albay Astrodome.
Introduced in mid-2014, the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin program aims to promote sustainable entrepreneurship through promotion of local produce and instill a “pride of product, pride of placeâ€ mindset for both farmers and local consumers, thus enabling operators to maximize profit without passing through middlemen.
“A profitable livelihood means nothing if it is not sustainable–we in Pilmico want to ensure sustainable entrepreneurship for Bicolano farmers, to enable them to be Partners for Growth. We believe in the potential of the Bicol region to step up and be a model of growth and development. We hope that these piglets serve as the right tools to enable our farmer friends to uplift their lives and be successful backyard farmers,â€ said Sabin M. Aboitiz, Pilmico President and Chief Executive Officer.
Dipolog, November 27
Families from all over Zamboanga del Norte are set to receive the long-term benefits of an easy-to-manage business with a quick return on investment.
At the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin Food and Livelihood Expo held at the Zamboanga del Norte Cultural and Sports Complex in Dipolog City last November, 20 piglets and 8 egg machines were distributed to 18 families as part of Pilmico’s advocacy to boost sustainable livelihood and backyard farming initiatives nationwide. Each egg machine is a complete kit of 48 six-month-old ready-to-lay hens in rearing cages with built-in feeding trough, waterer, and one month worth of feeds. In addition to piglets and egg machines, Pilmico also grants agri-posts where beneficiaries receive feedbags as restart-up capital.
The event also hosted several seminars on animal husbandry and nutrition, including cooking demos where the different flavors of Dipolog City were showcased using pork, chicken, and eggs.
Butuan City, January 29
Mahalin Pagkaing Atin made a triumphant return to Butuan City last January by partnering with Winrock International-PCCP-COP for the Caraga Pork Festival in support of the region’s local farmers and entrepreneurs.
To add further value to the affair held at Big Daddy’s Convention Center, representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry conducted a branding and selling workshop in addition to the regular activities such as seminars on animal husbandry and nutrition, cooking competition, and cooking demos showcasing the different flavors of Caraga.
The Mahalin Pagkaing Atin campaign has so far made backyard business possible for 411 families through a total of 796 piglets, 223 egg machines nationwide, and 14 agri-posts donated nationwide.