The Century Pacific Food group run by the Po family has become the first company to adopt the government’s farm adoption program that aims to build farming villages and create jobs for seasonally displaced workers.
Through its non-profit subsidiary RSPo Foundation Inc., Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) has signed an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to participate in the livelihood program.
Through CNPF’s ‘Project Hope Adopt-a-Farm’, Food and Beverage Maker Aims to Address Lack of Sustainable Livelihoods Among Fishing Industry Workers During Closed Fishing Season in Zamboanga, an epicenter of seafood manufacturing in Mindanao.
Under the DOLE program, manufacturing companies can adopt a farm and turn it into productive farmland. In turn, the harvested products will be purchased and used as raw materials by these companies to make their own products, thus creating a sustainable ecosystem.
Raising the curtain for DOLE’s program, the CNPF agreed to adopt three greenhouse farms that use native materials for construction. Through these greenhouses, CNPF can generate off-season jobs for displaced workers and their families, who can continue to cultivate the rest of the year.
“We see this as a win-win-win situation. These workers have a sustainable source of income from the farm, their families sell their produce to a ready-made buyer – us, and we have convenient and reliable access to the raw materials essential for our sardine business, ”said Kamille Corpuz, Program Manager at RSPo. Foundation.
“We stand firm in our commitment to reducing poverty,” she added, “and we believe that it is only when we teach these men and women how to fish – in this case how to farm – that we can do it in a sustainable way. “
One of the largest branded food and drink companies in the Philippines, CNPF produces processed seafood, meat, milk and coconut products. With an established experience in building brands for over 40 years, she has developed a list of well-known names such as Century Tuna, Argentina, 555, Angel and Birch Tree. The company is also a leading Filipino supplier of private label tuna and coconut products for export overseas.
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