May 22, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – In an exciting development for the local coffee industry in the municipality, the Aliwes Arabica Coffee Consolidation, Processing, and Marketing Enterprise (AACCPME) broke grounds on July 20 in Barangay Mainit.

The project aims to enhance, develop, and sustain not only the municipality’s coffee industry but also its neighboring municipalities and provinces. It further aims to increase the annual gross income of the enterprise as well as to provide employment to locals.

The groundbreaking ceremony also served as a symbolic commitment to strengthening the economic potential of the municipality and empowering coffee farmers.

The AACCPME is set to have a significant impact on the local coffee industry and the livelihoods of small-scale coffee farmers.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Executive Director Cameron Odsey expressed optimism about the positive impacts of the AACCPME on the local economy and community.

He emphasized the initiative was not only about improving coffee production but also empowering farmers and fostering a sense of collective prosperity.

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. extended his appreciation to the DA-CAR for their unwavering and continuous support to the municipality.

“Today, we embark on a journey that harnesses the abundance of our natural resources, particularly the exceptional Arabica coffee that flourishes in our highlands. With this project, we aim to establish AACCPME as a regional hub for coffee production, processing, and marketing, bringing recognition to our municipality’s name far beyond our borders” he added.

Rep. Maximo Dalog, Jr. urged the beneficiaries to continue their commitment to developing and sustaining the coffee industry.

He added the event is a symbol of the community’s resilience and determination to grow, innovate, and contribute to the economic prosperity of the region.  – Christy Mae Che-es-Pangesfan