LOAMC Pres. Rommel C. Arnado: Just Left the house of Congressman Jose “Bentot” T. Panganiban, Jr, chair on committee on Agriculture and Food. Since the 17th congress is on recess, we were being entertained at his house in QC. We lobbied on the National Organic Budget not to be cut and instead to be increased and seek his support that LOAMC member municipalities will have a special allocation (per NOAB agreement) on the 2019 GAA on Organic Agriculture. With me is Prof Vic Tagupa, ED LOAMC and Kevin Fernan LGU Consultant.

Visiting IFOAM Members in Beijing last week. I was with IFOAM Asia Organic Youth Forum Secretary General, Li Feng who acted as translator and guide. We went to visit IFOAM Amenity Alliance and the organic farm of Organic and Beyond. After 2 days in Beijing, we took the train to Handan to visit another IFOAM Member Qimei – the official supplier if organic veggies to the Beijing Olympics. This is a very unique member headed by my role model Mrs Zhao and women outnumber men in the company.