“LET thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food” more or less to that extent; the herbal industry is a billion dollar industry overseas and here in the Philippines it is slowly gaining ground especially to those who are not used to synthetic drug.

Further, there are some religions who has their own ways of treating themselves and the use of neutraceutcals or food supplements are fine with them in fact most of these people are not from the barrios instead they mostly reside on exclusive subdivisions and villages in Makati and Manila.

With regards to the story of RICHCORP they practice what they preach. they are the first to use their products and unlike those who show testimonials from other people, Patrick, the President give his products to his mom and at her age she looks and feels good same goes to Patrick himself who is user of the Lagundi product.

Aside from Lagundi, Citronella, Malunggay, Balbas Pusa, Coconuts just to name a few and some of it isn’t use to treat our ailments yet they are part of the daily menu. The Roquel couple doesn’t just do farming and manufacturing as pure business but with an advocacy that drives them and that is to promote the welfare of the farming sector.

Sort of giving life to the one’s who are constantly giving us life, like some says, the farmers are the life blood of our economy, true enough like in the previous stories the Philippines is still an agriculture based country no matter what the state of our agriculture might be as assessed by our “experts” in the government. End of Part 3



Earthquake victims in Abra to receive Emergency Cash Transfer assistance-DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched the Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) program on Monday, October 10, at the Provincial Capitol of Abra, which will benefit affected families of the Magnitude-7.0 earthquake last July.

The ECT helps in the early recovery of disaster-affected families, especially those with damaged houses, at the same time supports the early revival of local markets.

Governor Dominic B. Valera opened the program with a welcome message.  The Governor shared that DSWD Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo was the first national government official to arrive and provide help to Abra when the earthquake occurred.  He added, “our heartfelt gratitude forever, hindi namin makakalimutan (we will never forget).”

He further said, “on behalf of the beneficiaries in the province, ang aming taos pusong pasasalamat” (our heartfelt thanks).

Meanwhile, DSWD Undersecretary Vilma B. Cabrera, reading the message of Secretary Tulfo, said that the DSWD is ready to help Abra rise from the rubbles.

“Makakaasa kayo na ang national government agencies, kasama ng lokal na pamahalaan, maging ang iba pang mga partner-organization at ahensiya ay magiging magkakatuwang upang patuloy na makatulong sa inyong pinagdadaanan” (You can be assured that the national government, in coordination with the local government, partner-organizations, and other agencies will continue to assist you in your recovery), Usec. Cabrera said.

Abra: First recipient of the ECT

The province of Abra is the first recipient of the ECT program, which will be implemented in the 27 municipalities of the province.    Qualified beneficiaries are poor families listed under the DSWD Listahanan Poverty Database but are not receiving assistance from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); residing in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas; families with members who are from the vulnerable sector; families with casualties from the earthquake; and those with damaged houses.

Abra, together with the Mountain Province, was eligible for the ECT based on the set criteria such as  rapid assessment; declaration of the state of calamity; and the presence of active market which will help the entire locality in its recovery from the earthquake.

In Mountain Province, the ECT will also be implemented in the towns of Besao, Bauko, and Barangay Sacasacan in Sadanga

A total of 23,415 families from Abra and the Mountain Province will benefit from the ECT with a total budget of P214,579,350. Families with partially damaged houses will receive cash aid amounting to 75 percent of the Minimum Regional Daily Wage Rate or P280 for 30 days or equivalent to P8,550. Families with totally damaged houses, on the other hand, will receive P280 for 90 days or P25,650.

The local chief executives of the 27 towns of Abra were present to receive their ceremonial checks for their respective ECT implementation.

Abra Lone District Representative Menchie B. Bernos reiterated Governor Valera’s message and expressed gratitude to the DSWD and to Secretary Tulfo for the ECT program. She said, “walang hanggang pasasalamat kay Secretary Tulfo sa kanyang puso sa pagtulong sa bawat oras ng sakuna” (endless gratitude to Secretary Tulfo for his heart in helping in times of disasters).

Luz Viado Millare of Bangued, Abra, one of the ECT beneficiaries who was at the launching activity  also thanked the DSWD for the assistance.

Present during the launching were DSWD Undersecretaries Marco Bautista and Denise Florence  Bragas; Assistant Secretaries Maris Maristela, Denise Rose Cajipe, and Irene Dumlao; Abra Vice Governor Maria Jocelyn V. Bernos; and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Myrna B. Bersalona.


DSWD hails winners of 2022 Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino Search 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its partner agencies in the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) awarded the winners of the 2022 National Search for the Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino (NPP) on Monday, October 10.

The NPP aims to recognize and award exemplary Filipino families who significantly contributed towards nation-building and the development of the family as the foundation of the Philippine society.

In his message, DSWD Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo said, “The NPP was launched in line with the 30th National Family Week celebration, which highlights the resiliency, courage, and strength demonstrated by the Filipino family to overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic.”

“Let me congratulate all the regional winners and national winners of the NPP. Your stories of determination to overcome challenges came at an opportune time to bring hope and inspiration to us as we adapt to the new normal situation,” he added.

The Secretary also requested, “Ang akin lamang pong hihilingin sa mga Natatanging Pamilya winners, ay pagbalik ninyo sa inyong mga komunidad, sa inyong mga bayan, sa inyong mga lalawigan, ay maging huwaran sa ibang mga pamilyang Pilipino. Dahil kayo po paglabas ninyo po rito, kayo po ay titingalain ng mga kababayan natin na Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino” (My only request to the Natatanging Pamilya winners is that when you return to your communities, to your towns, to your provinces, become role models for other Filipino families. Because when you leave here, you will be looked up to by our countrymen who are Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino).

The National Award Grand Winner was bagged by the Adjaro Family from Baguio City. On behalf of their family, Mr. Johnny Adjaro, Sr. thanked the Department and the NCFF members for the award. The Adjaro Family was chosen because of their active participation in the fund-raising efforts of their church and as hosts of various community projects.

“We are very much humbled and honored to receive this award,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 1st runner up was awarded to Tayawan Family from Malita, Davao Occidental, while the Juan Family from San Felipe, Zambales received the 2nd runner up award.

The three families received plaques and cash prizes from the DSWD and the NCFF.

As the lead of the NCFF, the DSWD will continue to give tribute and honor to Filipino families who are making a difference and continue to be an inspiration in promoting Filipino values and good practices to their communities. ###