With so much willingness to help the farmers and vegetable industry in the region, the Department of Agriculture XI – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division through the Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) Inc. initiated a Market Assessment Study for Vegetables in Davao Region.
whose economic structure was supported solely by the sugar industry, experienced a great decline. At the time, a hunger relief program called the "Negros Campaign" was conducted with the help of Japanese NGOs. 30 years has passed since, and Negros' farming industry has changed dramatically.
Tony Peralta who helped shepherd an infantile processing project in Surigao del Sur into one that now produces nipa sugar, says that “with today’s populations becoming more and more health conscious, it is gratifying that we have viable alternatives for our daily sweetened intakes.
Inspired by its vision to strengthen economic ties, between Mindanao and Europe, the group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mindanao Development Authority to support sustainable businesses and promote inclusive growth for the region.