Coffee organizations from the Cordillera surpassed the top 3 recognitions during the 2016 Coffee Expo in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last December 1-2, 2016.
Sagada Arabica Coffee Growers Producers Organization (SACGPO) headed by Manager Vincent Andawe was recognized as 1st in the Promotion of Coffee products in the said Coffee Expo. While Tuba Benguet Coffee Growers Association (TUBENGCOGA) led by Ms. Shirley Palao-ay and Bobok Bisal Organic Arabica Arabica Coffee Producers and Growers Association Incorporated (BBOACPGAI) headed by Ms. Josefa Bengeg were recognized as 2nd and 3rd respectively. They were given certificates of recognition.
The said event was a joint project of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs), Local Government Units (LGUs) and Coffee Organizations.
Moreover, the event is up to the promotion coffee products thus, the SACGPO, TUBENGCOGA and BBOACPGAI promoted their own coffee products by providing free flowing coffee and product display on the booth provided to them. Each representative were also able to sales talk to other participants and visitors to promote their coffee products.
The Coffee Expo is one way of promoting coffee products so it is better if we could invite more coffee growers next time said Mr. Bentres Goyo, Highland Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Staff, DA-CAR.