February 1, 2023

ASIPULO, Ifugao – Two coffee satellite buying stations were launched in barangays Pula and Camandag here on Feb. 20 and 21.
Shirley U. Tagtag, manager of Hojap Multi-purpose Cooperative (HMPC), said the buying stations will be used in the consolidation of coffee produce for the operations of Ifugao Coffee Processing and Marketing Enterprise.
“Coffee growers in these areas have been bringing their produce to our office in Barangay Haliap, which is one to four hours away from Barangay Camandag. With the construction of these buying stations, there will be less hassle for the farmers to travel from their barangays to this place,” she said.
The HMPC is the proponent group for the coffee enterprise in Asipulo. Along with the buying stations, a coffee processing and consolidation center is currently being constructed in Barangay Haliap where the HMPC office is located.
Provincial Administrator Abellardo C. Yogyog who represented Gov. Jerry U. Dalipog assured members of the HMPC of the provincial government’s support to the operations of the enterprise.
“People earn for a living through farming and the governor said he will always be supportive to the development of agricultural livelihood projects. He hopes that this coffee enterprise will thrive,” Yogyog said.
Lorna E. Panyo of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project Regional Project Coordination Office commended members of the HMPC for their efforts and patience in the realization of this project.
Gladys Dadi, member of HMPC encouraged her fellow coffee growers to improve their coffee production and processing practices.
“We have been waiting for this project and now is the chance for us to maximize its use. Following the proper coffee processing methods, we will deliver quality coffee that HMPC will buy at a higher price,” she said.
The P18.22 million worth project, shared by the World Bank, the DA, the provincial government, and the Ifugao Coffee Processing and Marketing Enterprise is a consolidation, processing, and marketing business that was conceptualized to strengthen market linkage and opportunities that ensure higher income for coffee growers.
Aside from buildings, coffee equipment and supplies including hauling trucks will also be procured for the enterprise. – Elvy S. Taquio