25 May 2023 – Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP) sealed a partnership with Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and San Clemente Tarlac Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing for the project dubbed “Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Community through Organic Composting” in San Clemente, Tarlac.
In 2022, the project on Building Resilient Communities through Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation was successfully implemented providing a climate information system and farmer field schools focused on rice varietal trials, participatory plant breeding, and community seed banking.
This project provided a good head start to San Clemente, Tarlac to combat the effects of climate change which will help more farmers have better production. In order to further develop the capacity of the farmers’ cooperative, the MOA signing with CLSU and San Clemente MLGU is part of the extension of the interventions to create a lasting impact on the community.
This project aims to further improve and strengthen community resilience through an organic composting facility that will provide a chemical-free and healthy mechanism for farming.
This focused primarily to address climate change through proper disposal, management, and processing of biodegradables into organic fertilizer or soil conditioners, which would minimize food and agricultural wastage. It is also intended to be managed by the farmer’s cooperative and be developed into an enterprise, by marketing its produce as well as creating sustainable livelihoods for the community.
The MOA Signing was signed by GNIP Country Director Jae Choon Lee, CLSU University President Edgar A. Orden, San Clemente Municipal Mayor Hon. Elma Macadamia together with Visitacion Apostol, Senior Manager; Armando Espino, Jr., CLSU VP for Research and Extension, Delia A. Felix, Municipal Agriculturist.