By Jennifer C. Tilos
Dauin Mayor Neil Credo has assured members of the Baslay Farmers Association (BFA) of the financial assistance needed for Highland Brew Coffee’s valued-added service facility and native snacks in a joint briefing with members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) and local media in Barangay Baslay, Dauin.
A 120-hectare Baslay coffee farm-plantation known for its homegrown highland brew coffee, the facility serves distinctive flavor brewed coffee and is now being visited by local and foreign tourists.
Baslay is 860 meters above sea level where the Highland Brew Coffee shop serves brewed coffee.
Mayor Credo said aside from coffee being served within its plantation, he wanted to have additional servings of native snacks or foods to pair with the coffee.
With that, the mayor offered of an initial P100,000 capital for the purchase of food storage, utensils, food supplies, among others needed for a coffee shop.
The association also requested for a decent and permanent restroom or lavatory for the visitors.
The mayor also pledged that the local government will fix the more than 400-meter road leading to the coffee processing site.
It is noted that aside from the coffee being served within its farmstead, it will also showcase a ride of ‘Tartanilla or Carosa’ being pulled by a carabao.
There are three types of coffee being produced in Baslay, namely Robusta coffee (70 percent), Arabica (30 percent), and the barako coffee or Liberica.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has further developed this farm tourism in Negros Oriental in order to help the countryside.
Some 29 coffee growers and members of BFA received earlier their certificate of participation from DOT-7 Regional Director Shahlimar Hofer Tamano after they completed the seven-day seminar on Cultural Community Tour Guiding at Brgy. Baslay.