[UPDATES] Mahalin Pagkaing Atin

Egg machines breed new backyard entrepreneurs

Iloilo, June 19

The ingenious egg machine, introduced by Pilmico as a start-up livelihood program for backyard farmers, has become a symbol of hope to hundreds of beneficiary families.

Pilmico turned over six egg machines in addition to five piglets – with one cycle feed consumption each – to selected beneficiaries.

Each egg machine kit is a pen with 48 ready-to-lay hens and can yield about 30 eggs per day with a production rate of approximately 85% over a period of 16 months. The cages are also designed to last up to 10 years.

From ‘farm to table’ to Mercato Centrale

Ayala Center, June 12
Mercato Centrale BGC, July 31

Following its well-received events in the countryside, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin (MPA) partnered with the Mercato Centrale Group to bring the advocacy of promoting the ‘pride of product, pride of place’ mindset to Manila’s finest foodies.

Over Independence Day weekend, MPA co-presented the BELLYSIMA! Food Fair at Glorietta 5 Ayala Center in Makati City. Featured at the fair were artisan and gourmet food products along with natural, healthy, and organic food and non-food products from the local food industry.

Last July, MPA also held a two-day food expo called “Panlasang Norte” that served famous dishes and delicacies of Northern Luzon at the Mercato Centrale weekend food fair in Bonifacio Global City.

In sharing its ‘farm to table’ message, MPA gave Manila’s gourmet, artisanal, organic, and special food concessionaires a fresh perspective on sustainable backyard farming that is the vital source of food for the country.

Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation donate 40 piglets at MPA

Isabela, July 15

In Cauayan City, Isabela, Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation turned over 40 piglets with full-cycle feed consumption to 20 selected beneficiaries during the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin event.

Along with seminars on animal husbandry and nutrition, Chef Boy Logro and Pilmico’s own Chef Cynthia Durian conducted cooking and oven-less baking demos with key ingredients being native Isabela produce and delicacies.

“Rain or shine, we have always believed in the potential of the Filipino backyard farmer to succeed when given the right tools. By providing swine as a sustainable and profitable turnkey business, we are investing in the success of the homegrown food market, which is seeing robust demand these days,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, Pilmico President and CEO.

Pilmico donates 8 egg machines and 20 piglets in Mindanao

Tagum City, July 24

Pilmico ramped up its sustainable entrepreneurship campaign in Mindanao with the donation of eight egg machines and 20 piglets to prescreened beneficiaries, enabling local farmers to sustain their livelihood through an easy-to-manage business with a quick return on investment.

A Producers’ Forum under the theme “Promoting Sustainable Livelihood Through Linkages” was also held last at The Ritz Hotel and Garden Oases with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte delivering the welcome address.

“As Partners for Growth, we are pleased to be able to extend assistance to the farmers of Davao through our egg machines and piglets. We hope that through Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, we will be able to provide the means for our farmer friends to uplift their lives and sustain an adequate livelihood,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, Pilmico President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

To date, the results of Mahalin Pagkaing Atin have been truly encouraging. Nationwide, Pilmico has already donated a total of 646 piglets, 191 egg machines, and 14 agri-posts where beneficiaries receive feedbags as restart-up capital. In addition, 304 families nationwide are benefitting from the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin program at present.