LILONGWE, Malawi – The Philippines, through the Climate Change Commission (CCC), joined the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network's Project Steering Committee on the invitation of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Mr. Alexis Lapiz, International Relation Specialist of CCC, said the invitation came after the successful participation of the...Read more
Senator Cynthia A. Villar (right), Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, discusses with Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), how SEARCA has contributed to the bill on crop insurance that she filed in the Senate. The lady lawmaker also informed Dr. Saguiguit of another bill she...Read more
Sources: The Philippine Star
23 Mar 2017
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – Three books on climate change and related environment concerns were published here recently.
Much earlier, another book was launched by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA).
The latest publication to...Read more
Sources: Manila Standard Today
22 Mar 2017
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—A United Nations specialized agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries is conducting an impact assessment study on its funded Department of Agriculture Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Project or IRPEP in six provinces in Regions 6, 8 and 10.
The International Fund for...Read more
Sources: The Philippine Star
21 Mar 2017
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna - Looking for scholarship that will enable you to pursue a doctorate (PhD) in a prestigious university in Southeast Asia?
You have until April 30, to apply for the grant being offered by he Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) hosted by the Philippine government,...Read more
Dr. Merlyn M. Paunlagui, Director of Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies, College of Public Affairs and Governance, University of the Philippines Los Baños, presents "Extent of Erosion, Poverty, and Food Security: The Case of the Ayangan and the Tuwali of Ifugao."Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines, and the Municipality of Boston in Davao Oriental, Philippines conducted an orientation as a kick-off activity of the pilot project titled "Community-based Waterways Clearing Project as an Adaptive Measure to Reduce Flooding" on 10 March...Read more
Dr. Clarissa C. David, Director, Communications and Knowledge Management Office, Philippine Competition Commission, presents the "Advancing Fair Market Competition: The Role of Communication and Knowledge Management."
In this presentation:Context: The need for competition law and policy in the Philippines
Competition and its benefits
The Philippine Competition Act (PCA)
Role of...Read more
Research and Development Generating information, knowledge, lessons, and insights that will influence policies, investments, trade, and other actions that will promote competitive agriculture, as well as inclusive and sustainable ARD. Read More
Knowledge Management Promoting a learning culture, knowledge creation, knowledge-sharing and use, with a predominant focus on the broad strategic theme of ISARD. Read More
Agritourism in the Philippines - untapped potential
“Agritourism is not for everyone, it’s a niche product but it has a lot of potential”, asserted Prof. Eli Paolo Fresnoza, Assistant Professor at UP’s Asian Institute of Tourism during SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 5 July 2011 at the Drilon Hall.
As a hybrid concept fusing together the elements of the tourism and agriculture industries, agritourism can be harnessed as a form of special interest tourism focusing on the unique travel experiences and activities that people can have in agricultural settings. When people travel, it is the attraction or experience that people go for; if food and beverage, accommodation and transportation are included in the package, even a farm can be a tourist destination. Prof. Fresnoza explained that agritourism is sustainable tourism as it marries the concept of enjoyment with resource management, community empowerment, cooperation, fair trade and diversification. Moreover, agritourism does not need large capital investment outlay because many existing farm sites just need to be enhanced.
In 2002, with the vision of the Philippines becoming the premier agritourism destination in Asia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with the UP Asian Institute of Tourism on a manual that identified initial agritourism sites all over the country such as the C & B Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan, Sonya’s Secret Garden in Alfonso, Cavite, Oroverde in Guimaras, and Del Monte Plantation in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. In recent years, more agritourism sites have been developed including Bohol Bee Farm in Dauis, Bohol, Dragon Fruit Farm in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and The Farm at San Benito, Batangas.
As the agritourism sector is still largely private-sector-driven, a few challenges to meeting agritourism’s potential in the Philippines include confusion on which government agency will lead the potential (Is it DOT or DA?), and limited standardization and accreditation. Prof. Fresnoza put forward a few specific recommendations to meet these challenges. These include: education and curriculum development in secondary and post-secondary schools, improvement of access to capital, technical training and accreditation and certification, setting up of an agritourism center for research, development and innovation as well as an agritourism destination marketing bureau.
“Harnessing agritourism opportunities is key to regional development”, Prof. Fresnoza reiterated. This can be done in two ways. One is the bottom-up approach, where established farms approach DOT and DA to help them market and promote the experiences they offer. The other is the top-down approach, where through training and financial grants, the two departments help farms that have potential but lack the capability to market their destinations.
DISCLAIMER: The point of view taken by this article is entirely that of the presenter's and does not reflect in any way, SEARCA’s position.