THE Philippines is still an agricultural country no matter what the state of our agriculture according to the so-called experts in government say. This is a story of an enterprise who wanted to share something they have to the very source of the thing that made them big, or at least make them quite big.

The owners of RICHCORP which has offices in both Pasig and Las Pinas in Metro Manila owed their success through faith, hard work, research and development and the trust that by doing what they do, they will be instrumental in changing the lives of people in the rural areas of the country.

Patrick Roquel, a social entrepreneur with background in the medical field started out with his company being a supplier of raw materials for herbal medicine, neutraceuticals and food supplements aided by his ever supportive wife Dr. Elinor Roquel.

But the COVID 19 pandemic did change a lot of things, curved a lot of niche and shifted a lot of paradigms and on that note equates a boom in the herbal agriculture scene thus born RICHCORP from supplier to manufacturer, extracting directly from the source to its proper destinations.

And this is just the start of a social enterprising journey of a couple who wants to earn big through helping farmers earn big also and in this times where the average age of the farmer is 72 and poor, they might be the catalysts to entice the younger generations to start to farm, the meds. end of part 1.///Mj Olvina-Balaguer, 09053611058, and



12 October 2022

TESDA tops survey in government performance anew

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) got the highest approval rating anew for its performance among government agencies, according to the third quarter survey of PUBLiCUS Asia.

The 2022 third quarter PAHAYAG survey showed that TESDA ranked first in approval ratings with 68%. It was followed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) with 67% and 65% approval ratings respectively.

Likewise, TESDA maintained a high trust rating of 56%. The Agency ranked second behind the AFP with 57%.

TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz attributed the Agency’s high approval and trust ratings to its continued and improved delivery of skills training and livelihood programs to Filipinos.

“I would like to thank all our kababayans for their continued support of TESDA. Rest assured that TESDA, especially now that it is an attached agency of DOLE, will have more improved programs and services which will help significantly to address the perennial problem of skills-job mismatch,” said Cruz.

The survey was conducted nationwide covering 1,500 respondents during the period of September 16-20, 2022.

For this year, TESDA consistently landed among the most trusted and admired government agencies in Publicus Asia’s quarterly surveys.  During the first quarter survey, TESDA got a 65.8% approval rating and a 49.9% trust rating.

Further, during the second quarter survey, TESDA gained a 72% approval rating and a 60% trust rating.

Since DG Cruz was appointed as TESDA chief in July, the Agency has tallied 134,149 enrollees under its scholarship programs, of which 115,975 have graduated.

TESDA, through its National Language and Skills Center (NLSC), has earlier expressed its intention to offer additional language courses such as Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Italian, and French.

Likewise, when a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Northern Luzon last July, TESDA, together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 001 to facilitate the employment and training of victims of the earthquake.


11 October 2022

TESDA, partners hold cold chain technology exhibit

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), together with its partner stakeholders in both the private and public sectors, conducted a week-long exhibit to showcase the latest cold chain technology.

TESDA Director General Danilo P. Cruz and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Country Representative Teddy Monroy, who represented UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller, led the opening of the exhibit at the TESDA-UNIDO Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI Hub) in Taguig City last Sept. 29.

In his message, DG Cruz recognized the urgent need to address global warming as demonstrated by the Marcos administration’s direction towards low-carbon development for low-emission and climate-resilient economic growth.

The TESDA Chief also thanked its partners, particularly UNIDO and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the project.

“Building the capacities of our skilled workers and technicians for the industry, we must ensure that they are qualified to safely handle climate-friendly refrigerants and efficiently maintain new cold chain refrigeration technologies. They must also be fully aware of their responsibility to help this nation attain its goals for a greener economy,” he said.

“We look forward to more collaborations that will guide the cold chain industry toward a more climate-friendly, energy-efficient, and sustainable future,” he added.

The Cold Chain Technology Exhibition, which ran until October 7, aims to promote the use of updated cold chain technologies by industry practitioners, employers, the academe, and other stakeholders.

According to UNIDO, a cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain that operates from farm to table and ensures that the proper low temperature is maintained the entire time.

It may be recalled that the CCI Hub was launched last June 29 to serve as an ecosystem of technical resources, training, knowledge sharing, and stakeholder collaboration for the promotion of energy-efficient and low-carbon refrigeration in the cold chain.

The Hub features a technology showcase designed to provide stakeholders and policymakers with an immersive, engaging and interactive environment in which to discover and learn.

Monroy, delivering Muller’s message, said the exhibit offers a great opportunity for the country to understand better and learn more about the operation of energy-efficient refrigeration technologies that do not employ the use of ozone-depleting substances.

“Through the collaboration between the Philippine government and UNIDO and all partners, we look forward to harnessing the full potential of its various industries and economic engines toward inclusive and lasting health, peace, and prosperity for all Filipinos,” he said.

He added that the cold chain innovation hub would be ground zero for TESDA to develop an appropriate curriculum and certification, conduct regular training programs, and replicate this in other regions nationwide.

Also present during the opening ceremony were TESDA Deputy Directors General Aniceto Bertiz III, Tonisito Umali, and Josefino Torres, DENR Director Al Arolfo representing Undersecretary Jonas Leones, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Secretary Sarah Lynne Daway-Ducanes, and other partners from the government and the private sectors. (30)