Go Negosyo & Convergys Celebrated A Harvest Festival for the Success of Agri Mentorship!

January 19th, 2018
Go Negosyo ARMM Programs Head Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar with the Agri Model Farm sponsors, partners, and the IDP farmers pose for the Kapatid Angat Lahat photo opportunity.

Go Negosyo ARMM Programs Head Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar with the Agri Model Farm sponsors, partners, and the IDP farmers pose for the Kapatid Angat Lahat photo opportunity.

Pakaradian ko Ragonan, Meranao for Harvest Festival, marked the success of the Go Negosyo-Convergys Agri-Model Farm Site 1 in Brgy. Abaga, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte last January 11, 2018. It celebrated the graduation of the 200 internally displaced farmers who have undergone a 3-month intensive farm training, and the announcement of the official registration of their agribased organization, Marawi-Balo-i United Farmers Association.

Initially aiming for the IDP communities to relieve the trauma of the siege while slowly easing into food self-sufficience, the agri-model farm with the newly-created association has now started prospects in sustainable agribusiness. Go Negosyo Kapatid for Agri sticks to its principle of 3Ms: Money, Market, and Mentorship in cultivating agripreneurship in the Lanao region.

Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Go Negosyo’s Project Head for ARMM Projects and Adviser for Agri-Enterprises reminds everyone of the value of learning over dole-out financial interventions- “Here they gain knowledge, education, skill, discipline, capacity to create, and sustainable economic development- all of which can uplift them further than they had ever imagined possible.” This is supported by the remarks of Harbest AgriBusiness Corporation President, Toto Barcelona whose statement centered on the importance of patience and determination in the field of agriculture.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has been supportive of agricultural developments. Go Negosyo has partnered with Department of Agriculture led by Secretary Manny Piñol to bring mentorship to our farmers.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has been supportive of agricultural developments. Go Negosyo has partnered with Department of Agriculture led by Secretary Manny Piñol to bring mentorship to our farmers.

IDP farmer leading her fellow graduates with the flow of the graduation rites, and the program flow.

IDP farmer leading her fellow graduates with the flow of the graduation rites, and the program flow.

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra delivers an inspirational message before his announcement of the additional livelihood assistance for the graduates.

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra delivers an inspirational message before his announcement of the additional livelihood assistance for the graduates.

Partners, sponsors, and coordinators hold up okras after the ceremonial produce cutting which signaled the start of the program. (Photo taken by James Sumaran of Philippine Information Agency)

Partners, sponsors, and coordinators hold up okras after the ceremonial produce cutting which signaled the start of the program. (Photo taken by James Sumaran of Philippine Information Agency)

While many public and private sectors have expressed individual commitments to investing in efforts made in rebuilding Marawi, guest speakers have all agreed that cooperating peacefully in working towards one common goal is the answer in achieving true development even beyond the sieged city. The provincial governments of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, together with the local officials of both Marawi and Balo-i have signified support in the initiative and its plans of furthering sustainable agribusiness for economic development. Particularly noting Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra’s commitment of an additional livelihood assistance to the IDP farmer graduates which he hoped would help in their entrepreneurial ventures.

In a statement, Go Negosyo Founder and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion proudly shared, “We are glad to contribute to the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi. Aside from our assistance to the displaced families, soldiers and armed forces, and bereaved families of the fallen soldiers during the Marawi siege a few months ago, we would like to extend Go Negosyo’s development efforts to the communities affected through our negosyo and mentoring programs.”

Expecting another farm site harvest festival by February, Kapatid for Agri prepares for a series of development efforts in the ARMM region which centers on rebuilding Marawi and the development of the IDPs. Together with its partners- Convergys, DOLE-TUPAD, Harbest, SM Foundation, Century Pacific Foods, Pilmico, Asia Brewery, AFP, PNP, PLGUs, LGUs, and the DA, Go Negosyo stays committed to its promise of achieving prosperity for all, in this case, agriculture being the game changer.