EL NIDO, Palawan – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently sealed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Municipal Government of El Nido and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) for the establishment of “TALINDAK Agro Village and Eco-Park” which will serve as an agricultural training park for the people of El Nido and nearby municipalities.
ATI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok explained that the establishment of TALINDAK Agro Village and Eco Park also considered as a national training center, will be a platform for public education on agriculture, entrepreneurship, tourism as well as environment protection and conservation.
“More than education, this will also greatly contribute in employment generation in El Nido and nearby municipalities,” Taposok added.
The OIC-Director is optimistic that the project will unlock doors to inclusive socioeconomic growth. “With good will, powerful drive and a strong commitment to work together for development, I look forward to taking the next steps towards our common goal of poverty alleviation and improving the lives of the Filipinos.”
Similarly, El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento said that the location of the project has an abundant water supply and is consequently strategic to boost the agricultural production in the municipality.
Mr. Edgardo Veron Cruz, PSFI Executive Director, noted that what brought them together in the conceptualization of the project is the shared goal to bring significant changes in the lives of the Filipinos especially those in the grassroots.
The TALINDAK Village will serve as an agricultural and tourism resource and training center to support job creation, food security, people empowerment, poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation in Palawan. It is expected to create an information and technology center for agri-tourism related opportunities, spaces for agri-entrepreneurship technologies, appropriate farm technologies, market links, community organization empowerment, family welfare and human resource development.
Moreover, the project offers a showcase, demonstration, training and development center for the children, the youth, farmers, the women, community workers, leaders and entrepreneurs. It is a training park for developing and honing people’s skills and attitudes for employment in the field of tourism, agri-entrepreneurship, fishery, community organizing, environmental protection and conservation including waste management and utilization.
Aside from making the 8.4-hectare land in Sitio Calampinay, Brgy. Pasadena in El Nido available for the location of the TALINDAK Village, the ATI is also responsible for establishing an integrated farming system and provide support for access to information, agricultural and fishery technologies and agri-business ventures.
Likewise, ATI will provide technical assistance in agricultural skills training and enterprise development, extension cum research and information support services, and capability building projects.
The Muncipal Government of El Nido will act as the overall Manager of the Talindak Agro Village and Eco Park, while the PSFI will primarily handle the day-to-day operations of the project and undertake periodic monitoring of the project implementation, compliance with policies and auditing of project expenditures.
TALINDAK is the name of the first settlement site of the Tagbanuas which is now the Municipality of El Nido. TALINDAK shall stand for “Talinong-Angkin At Likas-yamang Ini-ingatan Natin, Dangal at Kabuhayan ng Palawan” (Inherent Talents and Our Cherished Natural Resources, the Pride and Source of Livelihood of Palawan).