Brewing soon in local cafes: Baslay coffee of Dauin

By Roi Lomotan

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Samples of Baslay coffee on display during the coffee brewing and tasting event. (PIA7-NegOr)


NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The aroma of freshly brewed Baslay coffee will soon spread to the coffee shops in the capital city of Dumaguete or at resort cafés in the municipality of Dauin.

This after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Negros Oriental hosted a coffee brewing and tasting event in Dumaguete City recently to encourage local resort and café owners to buy and support the locally grown coffee.

“The purpose of this is to invite local resorts in Dauin and coffee shops to carry this coffee,” DTI SME Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Maribel Sumanoy said.

During the activity, resort and coffee owners were given a free taste of Baslay Coffee which comes in two varieties: Arabica and Robusta.

Sumanoy shared that in the 2nd Coffee Conference held in Baguio City, DTI sent samples of Baslay coffee to be evaluated and it had a high cupping grade which is good for specialty coffee.

Baslay coffee was cultivated by the Baslay Farmers Association (BFA), a recipient of DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project.

Last year, the DTI turned over units of dehaulers, depulpers, dehumidifiers, sorting tables to association and also sponsored trainings on coffee harvesting, dry method processing and understanding standards and grading system.

Sumanoy said that through these interventions, members will have a competitive edge and will be able to demand a better price when selling their coffee beans to the market.

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DTI-Negros Oriental Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Maribel Sumanoy stands beside a coffee maker that brews Baslay coffee. (PIA7-NegOr)

The coffee plantation is nestled near Mt. Talinis with an elevation of 800 meters above sea level up to 1,200 meters above sea level.

The development coffee plantation was a reforestation project of the Philippine National Oil Company (now Energy Development Corporation or EDC) to give livelihood assistance to former kaingineros in the area.

“Before 1984, we were all forest occupants. We were all forest destroyers of Baslay forests,” said BFA Adviser Ruel Perez.

Perez continued that sometime in 1984, they were organized into an informal group and in this process, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine National Oil Company started to realize that there is a prevailing problem with the community.

“Of course the destruction of the forest because we were practicing these destructive farming practices – we called it the maganas. You have to clear this forested area so you can plant corn and your first and second harvest will be adundant. Along the way, after 3 to 4 years, when there is a decline in harvest, you look for another area to deforest. That’s how we do it. It’s our way of life that is exhausting but there is no success,” Perez explained.

It was in 1986 when different government agencies and the New Zealand government gave the community a funding for agro-forestry project.

In 1988, the group was registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) making it a legitimate organization and in 1989 the BFA was launched with 135 founding members.

By 1992, the group was awarded a community forest stewardship agreement for 25 years and they were given the opportunity to manage and protect the forest of Baslay.

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BFA Adviser Ruel Perez delivering his message (PIA7-NegOr)
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Dauin Mayor Neil Credo delivers his message to Baslay coffee farmers. (PIA7-NegOr)

All those years, BFA was into coffee production and from being kaingineros, they eventually became coffee farmers and forest conservationists.

Perez said the group practices organic farming and they do not apply synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in their crops.

“Everything there, the animals, the birds they all contribute to the pollination that’s why our coffee has a very nice flavor coffee. Our coffee needs forest to grow and have a very nice flavor,” Perez said.

Sumanoy said BFA originally had a 70-hectare plantation and they had just had a 50-hectare expansion.

Perez disclosed they hope to cover a 300-hectare expansion in five years.

Meanwhile, Sumanoy disclosed that as of now, BFA has one buyer in based in Manila and that is the reason why DTI held the activity to help BFA introduce to the local market in Negros Oriental the Baslay Coffee.

“In Negros we don’t have a market yet. So we are introducing it. The trend today like in Bo’s Coffee is to carry in their coffee shops local coffee. They are carrying Mt. Apo, Benguet, and Kalinga Coffee. Now we are introducing themthat since you are in Dumaguete, you carry Baslay coffee,” Sumanoy said.


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DTI staff gives free taste of Baslay coffee to resort and cafe owners during the event. (PIA7-NegOr)

The DTI official added that they requested the farmer’s association to retain at least 20 percent of their produce for the consumption of local market here.


Sumanoy said that BFA was able to harvest 3,200 kilograms or 16,000 red cherries and then processed it to 3,200 green coffee beans last year.

He hopes that through this endeavor, local coffee shops and resorts will be encouraged to brew and serve local Baslay coffee. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)


Cebuano News: DTI mopalambo sa produksyon sa kawayan sa NegOr

By Leandria Pagunsan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA)—Ubos sa programang Shared Service Facility (SSF) sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) mopalambo kini sa produksyon sa kawayan pinaagi sa paghatag ug bamboo processing equipment ngadto sa mga industry association, non-government organizations (NGOs) ug sa local government units (LGUs).

Si DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato Jr.,namahayag nga gitakda karong umalabot Enero 27 ang turn-over sa mga bamboo processing equipment alang sa lungsod sa Amlan, Siaton, Manjuyod ug dakbayan sa Bayawan pagpalambo sa ilang bamboo projects.

Nasayran nga ang dakbayan sa Bayawan naghimo ug bamboo bike ug ang lungsod sa Manjuyod nagpasiugda ug sawali nga himo sa kawayan. Gitun-an usab ang paghimo ug bamboo tile apan matud ni Fortunato nga mahal ang maknarya niini.

Pinaagi sa ayuda sa DTI mapalambo ang ang de kalidad ug ligon nga bamboo bike sa Bayawan City aron mabaligya dili lamang dinhi sa nasud lakip na sa na gawas sa Pilipinas matud ni Fortunato.

Hinoon nipasalig ang DTI isip “trade industry” nga tun-an mga bag-ong produkto dili lamang mga sala set nga gama sa kawayan aron makita ug ma baligya kini sa himoong trade fair pagkatapos sa tuig ug aron matabangang molambo ang panginabuhi sa mga katawhan dinhi sa probinsya nga nag tanom ug mga kawayan.

Gawas sa pagpalambo sa produksyon sa kawayan giawhag usab ang mag-uuma sa Bayawan nga nagtanom ug goma (rubber plantation) nga makaduso sa ilang produkto nga hinimo sa goma.

Mahinumduman nga ang Bayawan City nagsugod ug harvest sa tanon nga goma pito (7) ka tuig na ang nakalabay gani mi uswag na ngadto sa lungsod sa Sta. Catalina ug Ayungon ang mga katawhan nga nagtanom ug goma.

Gawas nga daghang produkto ang mahimo sa goma makaayo usab kini pagpahi-uli sa kinaiyahan tungod kay ang mga punoan sa rubber tree kon goma modagko man matud ni Fortunato. (lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental/This article was  first published at PIA website on January 5, 2017)

DTI turns over SSF coffee production facility to Dauin farmers

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DAUIN, Negros Oriental (PIA) – The Baslay Farmers Association (BFA) of Brgy. Baslay received recently a coffee production equipment worth P1.2 million under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI-7 Regional Director Aster Caberte led the turnover of 11 items of equipment to 160 member-farmers of BFA for their coffee production.

BFA organic coffee farm is identified as SSF and one of the first ventures in Region 7.

Dir. Caberte said this coffee production is one of the six national industry clustered that DTI is promoting to gain access to better technology to increase competitiveness for economic growth.

She said DTI takes the opportunity to support the coffee production of BFA because there is an expected wide market waiting.

The farmers sold the red berries with a dictated price of P20 per kilo only, but with this project the facility is now ready to come up with roasted bean coffee and can be sold for P300 per kilo, said Caberte.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the Baslay Famers Association President Hermie Enojaldo and DTI.

It is noted that coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the Philippines and over the past years, coffee chains have become more popular not only among the old but also the youth who enjoy their coffee.

SSF is DTI’s flagship program to promote the development of small and medium enterprises.

The program aims to improve the quality and productivity of famer associations, institutions, and micro-enterprises by addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of industry clusters by providing processing equipment for their common use. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Nov. 2, 2016)