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Re: Couples for Christ Sibale Livelihood Project

Hello Delia,

Thank you so much for your input and for your concern for Sibale. MY husband and I used to be members of the Couples for Christ in Novaliches, Quezon City when we were still in the Philippines. I am confident of the possibility that they may support this project, if it is within the framework of their existing programs.

Maybe we can also tap them for the project aside from the Sibale Def that Bong is proposing. Who knows who will take action first? Eventually, it may be necessary for them to cooperate in bringing the initial backyard garden project to the next level, which is the setting up of a producers cooperative, etc. as Bong suggests. They could even work side by side in initiating it, along with Sibale's LGU.

I have also submitted the proposal (by mail) to the municipal office.

Could you please e-mail (see above) the contact address of your brother? It may be expedient if I send it by e-mail.

By the way, my husband vicente David is the former classmate of your mom and dad. Also, your mom used to be my close friend when we were attending FEU during our college days. Please send our regards to your mom.

God bless you!

Re: Couples for Christ Sibale Livelihood Project

My heartfelt greetings to everyone!!!

I am delighted and have learned from the exchanges of beautiful ideas of my fellow kahimanwas like Mam Ophelia F. David, Bong Fornal, Mam Delia Famatigan, etc. But for your informations, some of our kahimanwas in Sibale already done and enjoying the harvest of naturally fresh fruits and vegetables in their backyards. My mother herself is maintaining a backyard garden as what I have personally witnessed during our last vacations in Sibale. Infact, I was amazed that scarcity of water during summer did not hinder my Mom's hobbies of growing medicinal plants, fruits and vegetables. It's really refreshing and healthy to eat vegies like okra, tayong, taybos it kamote, petchay, etc. I know my Mom is doing a good example in our community as Barangay Health Worker in Calabasahan ( mga kapitbahay ngani ay nakakahagar pa it utan). I can't forget what my father said to me, "kung mayungot yang siguro sa Merkado or sa Syudad ay maramo kitang benta sa prudukto it mga tanom nato." In this case, I would agree to the idea that a "Cooperative" be stablished in Sibale so that marketing and other farming concerns be given priority for the ultimate benefit of Sibalenhons. My best regards again!!!

Re: Re: Couples for Christ Sibale Livelihood Project

Hello Limuel, thank you for your participation in the frutious exchange of ideas here regarding the project Bong and I are proposing.

I am glad to know that your Mom is setting a good example to our kasimanwas in Calabasahan, not only as a barrio health worker but as a resident who is proactive in maintaining a healthy and ideal island-lifestyle in the community. I certainly hope many will follow suit.

The project I am proposing however, hopes to target those who are not engaging in such a productive backyard enterprise, which appears to be still uncomfortably large in number - island scale-wise.

You can probably suggest to your parents to take ap pro-active stance by encouraging those who engage in a similar backyard enterpise to set up a "mercado" in Calabasahan on a "cooperative-like" set-up to trade their excess produce? A once a week or two-week "on the market exposure" basis may suffice in the beginning. I"m pretty sure they can enlist the help of the munisipyo for certain logistics for the start-up. Who knows where a "humble beginning" will take them?" It will be great if eventually they expand trade with the neighboring towns, and elsewhere. As a pioneer in such a potentially profitable venture, they will serve as "a torch of light" for the rest of the majority of Sibalehons to follow.

Send my regards to your parents. Silinggang mahagar et tayong, petchay atbp....:). God bless!

Your Auntie Ophie

Re: Re: Re: Couples for Christ Sibale Livelihood Project

Dear Auntie Ophie,

Mom is now in Odiongan. She was in Oregon for about 20 years. Dad is in heaven for 2 years now.

Anyway, I want to say hi to the Fallarme clan. Uncle Ponso Fallarme and I are e-mailing each other. I call him from time to time. At 91 years old he is still very sharp.

Yes, we will help each other for the progress of Sibale.

I am connected to the Santiago clan - composed of Fallar, Fallarme, Fallaria and Fallurin.

I hope to meet many of them in the future.

God bless.



Re: Re: Re: Couples for Christ Sibale Livelihood Project

Aunte Ophie,

Your idea is good of having a week-end or Monthly Tiangge (pagtinra or baligya it mga fruits and vegetables in a specified place). But the problem is kung karamoan ay ingga ra it mga pananom sa inra uma or backyards, sio pa ara ka mabakay? In this case the surplus should be marketed in other towns or cities. But do they have good storage and transportation facilities? Reli makakatabang it marako kung ingga it organizadong Cooperatiba sa Sibale nak hanrang magtabang sa post harvest concerns, storage, transportations, marketing, etc.

In our next vacation this summer of April 2008, I will personally say your best regards to Mama as part of the big Fallarme clan and to my family and relatives. My best regards also to you and your family, U. Ponying sent me the big lists of the Fallarme Family Tree and I was suprised and excited knowing many names I've never known before. God bless!!!