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)

PIA installs Information Kiosk at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete

By  Roi Lomotan



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The PIA Information Kiosk at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete before the ribbon cutting ceremony


The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Negros Oriental Information Center has opened its Information Kiosk at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete City last March 30.


This is one of the agency’s strategies to raise public awareness on the benefits of Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meetings and summits this year.


Available in the kiosk are information materials about ASEAN, some reading materials about government’s programs in Negros Oriental, and brochures about the province’s tourism products and destinations which the public can get for free.


Aside from this, the Information Kiosk also has a standee of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the public can take photos with it. Like what they did:




Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo addressed the guests and other participants of the launching of the Infokiosk. He encouraged them to visit the information kiosk to learn more about ASEAN and the government’s programs.


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Mayor Felipe Remollo addresses guest and participants of the launching (GG Lumayag/PIA7-NegOr)


The PIA Information Kiosk is located at ground floor of Robinson’s Place Dumaguete. (PIA7-NegOr)


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Philippine Information Agency-Negros Oriental formally opened its Information Kiosk located at the ground floor of the Robinson’s Place Dumaguete. The info kiosk is a platform to make sure that the public are well informed about government program that are related to the ASEAN and will be visible throughout the year.


Officials who led the ribbon cutting ceremony are (see photo below, L-R) DTI-Negros Oriental Official Dr. Angeline Gonzales, PIA-NegOr ICM Jenny TIlos, PIA -7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo, and DFA-Dumaguete Regional Consular Office OIC Tita Rebollos.



Student dancers of Greyhound Dance Crew of Foundation University performed a lively modern dance number after the ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-off the program for the installation and launching of the Information Kiosk.




A short program was conducted to mark the official launching of the PIA Information Kiosk. PIA OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen delivers the opening remarks. She said the kiosk provides PIA a platform to perform its mandate in delivering timely, relevant and accurate information to the public. She added that the information kiosk will not only promote ASEAN in the city but also promote the tourism products and destinations and other government programs for the people.





PIA-7 OIC-RD Fayette Riñen addressess the guest and other individuals who attended the PIA Information Kiosk Launch
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PIA-7 OIC-RD Fayette Riñen addressess the guest and other individuals who attended the PIA Information Kiosk Launch


Heads of partner agencies also delivered their messages of support and briefly discussed the some of the pillars of ASEAN.



DFA-Dumaguete RCO OIC Tita Rebollos  gave an overview of the objectives and benefits of the country’s hosting of ASEAN meetings and summits this year.




DTI-NegOr OIC Dr. Angeline Gonzales talks about the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and its benefits to Filipinos.  Gonzales explained AEC means more business options, opportunities to expand the market and the costs of doing business will be reduced because of lower tariff, streamlined export and import processes.

“AEC means opportunity for ASEAN, its members and its people. AEC compels each members to think big and look beyond their borders. Through the AEC, the PH 100 million consumers expand to over 600 million,” she said.


Mayor Felipe Remollo

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City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo was the keynote speaker of the event. He highlighted the commonalities that member countries of the ASEAN can build on to ensure a prosperous and more secured future for the people. Mayor Remollo also commended PIA for putting up a kiosk with information and education materials that are readily available for the public that underscore the benefits we all derive for regional cooperation on trade, security, tourism, political stability, sports and peace.

Mayor Remollo also encouraged shoppers at Robinson to visit the Information Kiosk to know more about ASEAN and other government programs in Negros Oriental.


The activity ended with a photo op session between the PIA and City officials. (PIA7-NegOr)