ABOUT THE MISSION
The mission aimed to provide opportunities for Filipino professionals/managers/entrepreneurs to study and observe recent developments and best practices in natural and organic farming in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and to benchmark Thai food and beverage products, marketing strategies at Bangkok’s Floating market, Jatujak and a high end Mall like Siam Paragon.
The 12 mission members included officers/members of Panay Organic Producers Association: 1) Ms. Dawn Rhoda Jamandre (Mission Leader), President, Jamandre Industries, 2) Mr. Elpidio Barcarlos, Manager, New Lucena Rice Mill Inc., 3) Mr. Paul Barcarlos, Manager, Iloilo Agribusiness Center, 4) Mr. Andreas Francis Cacile, Professor, Montfort College, 5) Mr. Ruben Corpuz, President, New Guimaras Traders, 6) Mr. Raymond Gomez, Proprietor, RTG Poultry Farms, 7) Ms. Sandra Gomez, President, Sarabia Manor Hotel, 8) Mr. Jose Hautea Jr., Shell Fuel Retailer, Hautea Shell Service Station, 9) Ms. Roxanne Oddie, President, Association of Filipinos in Thailand North Region Chapter, 10) Mr. Johnny Que, Owner, Orchard Valley Inc., 11) Mr. Johnny So, Owner-Manager, Unison Farms, and 12) Ms. Pacita So, Sales Manager, Jester Food Products.
EVALUATION OF THE MISSION
All sites visited helped attain the mission objectives. Speakers and presenters were very knowledgeable and shared their knowledge generously. Physical arrangements including transportation and accommodation were satisfactory. Unfortunately though, there was no opportunity to see fruit trees and livestock operations. Presentation of main themes were clear, concise and very mindful of the role each played in the overall plan for the success of food production, sufficiency and sustainability.
A logical progression of sites visited was made – production to processing to local market to certification for local and international markets, and so on. Visits to organizations and industrial enterprises were all arranged in a highly professional manner. Members of the Mission learned a lot from these site visits which lend to easier translation into improvement actions back home.
DAWN RHODA JAMANDRE
Jamandre Industries Inc.