Bulacan

BULACAN

Bulacan is composed of 21 municipalities and three cities. Bulacan is located immediately north of Metro Manila. Bordering Bulacan are the provinces of Pampanga to the west, Nueva Ecija to the north, Aurora and Quezon to the east, and Metro Manila and Rizal to the south. Bulacan also lies on the north-eastern shore of Manila Bay. Bulacan is slowly shifting from an agricultural area to an industrialized one. Being near Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Bulacan is a preferred site of industrial establishments like leather tanning, cement bag making, ceramic textiles, food processing, shoe making, and many others. PDI is in barangay Kaybanban in the municipality of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

Nursery Project

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Members of Kaybanban Farmers Association Incorporated (KFAI) participated in planting and maintaining a two-hectare communal farm. Different crops were planted depending on the seeds provided by the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Plant Industry. About 10-12 members of the organization take turns tending the farm because all the members have their own farms.

For this cropping season, half of the area is allocated to rice while the other half is planted to vegetables (eggplant, string beans, okra and tomato). Since this is a communal farm, the yield is divided among those who helped in the farm. A share is given to the organization (KFAI) as their revolving fund.


Women Organization

image004image005Majority of the members of the Samahang Kababaihan ng Kaybanban (SKK) are wives of Kaybanban Farmers Association. They also help in the communal farm by watering the plants, creating plots and removing the weeds.

SKK is developing a new product, pineapple vinegar, for home consumption and for retail sale. Pineapple vinegar processing was the solution as to what to do with the significant amount of Pineapple peelings left by the farmers and the need of SKK for additional income. 10-15 members of the SKK are involved in the production of the vinegar. The enterprise is still in the developmental stage.


Agrarian Reform Area

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For more than 10 years, the farmers of Kaybanban Farmers Association Incorporated have been fighting for their right over the 11-hectare land in Lot A-6 AM Rodriguez under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

The KFAI is optimistic that the claim will be awarded next year to benefit 27 farmers. However, because of errors in documentation, the awarding will be delayed. KFAI and the barangay officials of Kaybanban and San Roque have discussed the mapping of the boundary of AM Rodriguez with the office of the Municipal Mayor to resolve disputes.