Items filtered by date: Monday, 19 June 2017

Last June 14, Gumaca’s Negosyo Center thru the insistence of Mayor Erwin Caralian conducted a Business Expenses and Savings Training or BEST to select market stall owners.  This is done to capacitate and provide them introductory knowledge on how to do basic bookkeeping by managing effectively their expenses.  DTI’s Rose Danza and Ma’am Cristina Abio.  Sir  Gregorio de la Rea of BIR was also invited to answer queries and likewise share inputs on the subject matter.

BEST was held at the Municipal Conference Day.

Last June 15, the Virgin Coconut Oil Processing Center located in Brgy. Villa Padua finally comes to full circle as its inauguration and ribbon cutting took place.  Brgy. Captain Pancho Ona welcomed visitors from the Provincial Agriculture Office, Philippine Coconut Authority, Green Life (the company who will market the product), other VCO producers from the different towns of Quezon, Municipal Agriculture Office and Municipal Mayor’s Office.

The President of Ibaba at Ilayang Villa Padua Farmers Association and their designated manager Kgd. Lorna Ranas are both optimistic that with the help and connections from different government agencies and private entities, their VCO can become a major livelihood industry for Gumaqueños.

Gumaca’s Municipal Administrator spoke on Mayor Erwin and Vice Mayor Elchor’s behalf expressing congratulations and gratitude as well to all those responsible for this momentous event to happen.

The association did an actual demonstration of VCO processing proving that they are indeed ready to conquer the market.

Gumaca’s main tourism activity is the Araña’t Baluarte Festival which has so far been gaining grounds as indeed a major festival of Quezon.  But after Araña’t Baluarte, people would have to wait until the next May for them to come back.

In an effort to make Gumaca a tourist destination, Mayor Erwin conceptualized the Gumaca Waterfront Heritage Development aiming to transform Gumaca as a heritage town and thus a tourism haven.  Likewise, to complement the man-made attractions the municipality already has like the centuries old San Diego Fortress and San Diego Cathedral, the visionary Mayor also tasked its Tourism Unit to explore other natural scenic spots that can be found in the locality.  Bosque Cave in Brgy. Villa Mendoza and the fish sanctuary in Brgy. Calumanguin so far are the most promising in terms of easy access and natural beauty.  The Inaclagan Falls in Brgy. Inaclagan can also be another spot given the right amount of nurturing and care. 

Last June 16, the Tourism group composed of Admin, Pam, Dairyl, Albert and OJTs from MSEUF Holden, Spencer, Angel, Sherry & Jenifer  assisted by Kalasag’s Siaga and San Miguel trekked to Brgy. Malabtog to discover another wonder - that is the Limbon-limbon Falls.  After several strides and slides here and there, walking, climbing, crossing rivers – we arrived to the first falls after 40 minutes.  Expectedly, it was a sight worth capturing and with the tempting waters rushing over, it’s time to take a dip and be freshened up after a tiring travel.  Lo and behold, there’s still a second falls about 15 minutes away.  So there we go eager to find out what’s up there.  It’s even more beautiful than the first one except for the landslides that blocked its entrance.  But the rock walls are sturdier and mighty high, you’d think you are from another place.  And yes, the water is once again so tempting that more took a dive and experienced its coldness.  But wait, there’s a third falls we were told! However, the climb is steeper and harder so we opted not to go anymore and instead decided to go back imagining the food waiting for us at Kap Manalo’s home who together with his wife were such gracious hosts.  Coincidentally, today happens to be Brgy. Malabtog’s Corazon de Jesus Feast.

Last June 16, at the Barangay Hall of Brgy. Manlayaan, the culminating activity for the training participated by corn farmers of Gumaca ended with the distribution of various farming supplies and equipment each amounting to about P20K.

This partnership between DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program and LGU’s  Municipal Agriculture Office had the full support and encouragement of Mayor Erwin and Vice Mayor Elchor to ensure our corn farmers are given updates on their skills and knowledge and at the same time provide them with logistical assistance to make them more productive and engaged with their work.

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