Seafarers

Published: May 20, 2019 10:11am | Metro Manila


In Manila’s Kalaw Street, where seafarers and would-be seamen frequent to get that next ship duty and give a comfortable life to their families, an outlet of Yamang Bukid Healthy Products is giving them their daily cups of healthy living through the company’s turmeric 10-in-1 tea.

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New employees find love, care in Yamang Bukid

  • Just six months into being employed, Hecille Manansala could not help but wonder in awe how fortunate she was when Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) sent her gifts for Noche buena and home buiding materials last Dec. 18.

    Hecille was at her house near a rice paddy and flood-prone community in Barangay Manolo, Naga City; the wooden structure covered with tarps with beaming faces of local politicians and that of a bookseller chain.

    Her home which she shares with husband Christopher and their two teenage kids incurred damage as Typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kamurri) so getting house repair kits from her new employer was a bit of surprise to her.

    The Philippines’ number 1 turmeric tea maker, YBHPI, has gifted Hecille and 13 other sales personnel and employees in Bicol food and house repair kits to help them cope with the devastation brought by “Tisoy” after the powerful storm battered the eastern Philippine region with 200-kilometer per hour winds and intense to torrential rains last Dec. 2-3.

    “I could not go to work for two days because of toppled electric poles that blocked the highway to Legazpi,” Hecille said, adding she was also worried for her family as floodwaters were slowly rising at the back of their house.

    When the storm subsided, her house was flooded knee-deep and the family had to flee to safer grounds.

    Now weeks after the typhoon, the family of the 35-year old sales staff is picking up the pieces of their lives as they find ways to repair their house, with its roof partially giving way due to rainwater and high winds.

    “I just could not believe Yamang Bukid visited us here and brought gifts. I’m just six months with the company and its personnel and officers are showing their concern to all of us being affected by the storm,” she said.

    Over P115,000 worth of food packs and house building kits were given by YBHPI to its personnel affected by the storm in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon, according to Kim Malipe, YBHPI vice president for special events. “This is our way of helping our staff affected by the typhoon to cope and recover,” said Malipe.

    Hecille said the goodies they got would mean a happy Christmas for the family, especially the kids.

    “We will have food for the noche buena,” she said, tears welling down her cheeks. Despite being new in Yamang Bukid, Hecille said she felt being valued as part of a family.

    “I used to work at the production division of a pizza company when my husband, who works for a bookseller at a shopping mall in Legazpi told me about Yamang Bukid hiring sales personnel. I applied and was lucky to be accepted,” she said.

    Working with Yamang Bukid, she said provided the needed income to augment her husband’s and helped the family meet its financial plans, including the slow payment for the lot they’ve built their house in.

    She said the family is optimistic for the coming year even if they have experienced the wrath brought by the previous weeks’ typhoon.
    “Im grateful for Yamang Bukid for not leaving behind its employees in this time of calamity. We can celebrate a merry Christmas after all,” Hecille said.

    (JL)
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Mimaropa farm learning sites boost cooperation

  • Farm schools in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) have banded together to further boost cooperation and exchange of ideas in an effort to strengthen the government’s partner in promoting agriculture, electing a set of officials who will steer the organization in the interim.

    The formation of an organization of farm schools and learning in the region was among the highlights of the 2020 Regional Learning Sites in Agriculture and Schools for Practical Agriculture (RLSA-SPA) Summit at Yamang Bukid Farm in Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City last Feb. 24-28.

    Br. George Maria, Yamang Bukid Farm vice president for community affairs, was chosen as president of the 40-plus member alliance.

    “Our mission is to help others, especially the youth to learn and love farming. This is a huge responsibility for me,” said Bro. Maria, 23.

    “As a young farmer entrusted by LSAs in Mimaropa, it is with all humility for me to work with the inspiration founded by the farming schools ahead of us. It is my joy to cooperate with the leadership of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) under the mandate of the Department of Agriculture in its various programs aimed at attaining food security and uplifting the lives of our farmers,” the former seminarian-turned-farmer added.

    Maria said farm schools should not be seen as a diploma mill for young people who want to get a national competency certification even without learning anything.

    The association was widely supported by farm owners in the region.

    Randy Eusebio, a 57-year old owner of a 21-hectare farm in Oriental Mindanao hoped the group would help empower small farm owners and upstart farm schools.

    “I expect to see sharing of ideas, knowledge and technology between the member-farms and unity among us in our resolve to strengthen the agriculture sector,” Eusebio said.

    Elected as vice president was Derwin Evangelista of Longfield ALC in Oriental Mindoro.

    Rosario Clemente, of Oriental Mindoro’s Lasquety Farms was chosen as secretary.

    Other elected officials were Roger Rada of Rada Eco-Farm (Oriental Mindoro) as treasurer and Rafael Constantino Seno of Agrea Farm in Oriental Mindoro as auditor.

    The public information officers (PIOs) were Randy Balderas of Mamburao Integrated Farms for Oriental Mindoro, Heidi Guverra of Guevara’s Farm for Marinduque and Porfirio Diaz for Palawan.

    For DA-ATI in Mimaropa, farming schools and agri-learning sites are in demand because the government is setting aside over P700 million yearly for scholarships and other assistance to those who want to study agriculture through farm schools and learning sites.

    Pat Andrew Barrientos, DA-ATI Mimaropa center director, said the agency is eyeing to accredit at least three farming schools or learning sites per municipality throughout the country. Currently though, there are just about 30 of such institutions nationwide, well below the actual need.

    Among the latest to get the ATI nod as learning site is Maria’s Yamang Bukid Farm, a 20-plus hectare farm known for its sunflowers, organically-grown vegetables and herbal plants and an employer to nearly 300 people. 90 percent of whom are former illegal loggers and wildlife poachers in Barangay Bacungan.

    A huge incentive to farmer whose farm will become a learning site is a monthly revenue of upwards to P140,000 per batch of at least 25 scholars.

    In spite of this windfall, Brother Maria urged his fellow farm school advocates to not lose sight of their bigger role to help the farmers.

    “I challenge myself to encourage all farming schools to live as one team with a mission of becoming factories of dignified farmers who can develop into agripreneurs,” he said.

    (Juan Lim)
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(Not a) Warning: Ginger is gingerously good to your health

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant that is widely used as a spice. Believed to be cultivated by Southeast Asians and Oceania islanders over 7,000 years ago, the plant was introduced to the West through contacts with the Greek and later on, Roman civilizations.

    The plant then reached to India and South Asia during the peak of the Spice Trade and its medicinal uses also began to take shape then.
    In the Philippines, the plant called luya is widely used as a condiment or spice due to its tangy taste. Its rhizomes, called hands, are either consumed fresh, dehydrated, pickled or powdered. The rhizomes are also either ground or served as whole or in cuts and mixed with hot water and drank as tea.

    In a paper by Mamaril published by the Philippine Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), ginger acts as a medicinal plant by stimulating gastric juice in the stomach. It also relieves cough and flu and is used to treat migraine, travel sickness and rheumatoid arthritis.

    The paper asserts that ginger is known to improve blood circulation and reduce fat deposits in the arteries.
    Rahman, et. al, in a paper published 2014 on the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) pointed out ginger’s active ingredients that may help prevent diseases.

    They said numerous clinical studies have been conducted which showed ginger’s positive role in the health management and disease prevention through “modulation of genetic and metabolic activities.”

    They said ginger has essential oil and a compound called oleoresin that exhibited significant antioxidant and anti-microbial activities. Ginger also has phenolic substance which possesses strong anti-inflammatory and anti oxidative properties “and considerable anti carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic activities.”

    The same study also posited ginger’s supposed anti-microbial activity. Rahman, et al asserted that ginger has antimicrobial activity against Escherechia coli, Salmonella typhi and other bacteria in human gastro-intestinal tract, making it a good preventive method against gastrointestinal problems and has gastroprotective effect against peptic ulcer. The same study also noted ginger’s main component gingerol, as good in helping enhance the effects against nausea and vomiting.

    A separate study by Mashhadi et. al and published 2013 on NCBI noted ginger’s anti-oxidative stress effects and anti-inflammatory potentials.
    An experiment by Weidner and Sigwart which was cited by Mashhadi et. al alleged ginger’s positive effects in reducing blood sugar, thus helping people suffering from diabetes. The experiment’s results was that gingerol significantly lowered blood glucose, serum total cholesterol and the so-called bad cholesterol or LDL.

    Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. has Yamang Bukid Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea which ginger, turmeric and eight other powerful herbs that helps enhance health. Yamang Bukid’s flagship beverage is gaining popularity as a morning hot drink and substitute for coffee due to its delectably spicy taste, health and wellness benefits and affordability. You may also opt for a purely ginger experience with Yamang Bukid’s 100% Pure Powdered GINGER.
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