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Achieving a Healthy Life thru Herbs : Lanao del Sur farmers to grow Herbs for Processing and Utilization

Herbs are popularly used in adding fragrance, flavor, and nutrient value to food in culinary dishes. Though herbs were utilized for medicine and remedies during the ancient times, herbal medicines are slowly gaining back its popularity. With the rise of herbal medicine consumers, the production rate of herbs is not high enough to be able to provide to all.

Farm Tourism in SOX: Food Processing Queen’s Farm from Tupi

As soon as R.A. 10816, the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016 came out barely a year ago, a good number of enterprising farmers from Region XII began to transform their farms into farm tourism sites in support to the call.   

Farm Tourism in SOX: The Inviting Farm Experience in the Rolling Hills of Sarangani

With the enactment of R.A. 10816, known as the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, Farm Tourism sites began mushrooming not only in Luzon but even in Mindanao. Few enterprising farmers in SOX (Region XII) answered the call and took the challenge of transforming their farms into farm tourism sites.

Farm Tourism in SOX: A Prolific Inventor and Pilot’s Farm, 1st Farm Tourism site in Region XII

President Benigno S. C. Aquino III signed into law R.A. No. 10816, also known as the “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016” (the “Act”), on May 23, 2016.  The idea behind this is Act is mainly recognizing the importance of agriculture in sustaining and enhancing human life, not just in terms of food production, but also in providing livelihood to a major portion of the population,

Farm Tourism in SOX: Picturesque Farm by Organic Farming Believers from Koronadal City

The GerNil Farms, owned and managed by Mr. and Mrs. Gerardo Cordero, is composed of 3 parcels of agricultural farms, all are located in Brgy. Topland, Koronadal City.  The farm is obviously a picture of a hardworking owners and believers of organic farming as it boasts organically-grown cacao, coconut, banana, mangosteen, guyabano, and lanzones. They are also into “palay-isdaan”, a farming activity combining palay and tilapia for greater production and income. 

Farm Tourism in SOX: Edible Landscaping Passion in Pigcawayan

Aside from SOX’s scenic spots, beaches, mountains and bodies of water, farm lands are among the most prominent natural feature of Region XII.  With the advent of Farm Tourism, a good number of enterprising farmers from the region who believe in its economic benefits develop their farms into farm tourism sites. 


Farming is an integral aspect of Filipino culture.  From here, the trade can easily be cultivated into a “farm tourism” activity as it gained increasing popularity in and out of the country.  Farm Tourism is simply a literal combination of the words “farm” and “tourism” which basically involves farm or agricultural-based activity intent of drawing visitors for first-hand experiences in farming for recreational and educational purposes. 

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