MANGATAREM’S NEW INDUSTRTY
MANGATAREM—This ylang-ylang nursery is expected to become soon a farm tourism destination in Barangay Bueno here.
The nursery that now hosts thousands of ylang-ylang seedlings, started two years ago as a livelihood project for out-of-school youths.
Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil told nursery workers during a Christmas gathering of his bigger plans for the nursery.
Rep. Bataoil and Mangatarem Councilor Pastor inspect ylang-ylang seedlings (Punch photo by Cesar Ramirez)
“If there is sunflower maze in Tayug, we will also have an ylang-ylang republic in Barangay Bueno,” Bataoil, who conceptualized the project as part of the national government’s National Greening Project (NGP).
He said he looks forward to increasing the 8,105-square meter farm area to one hectare to possibly make it qualify as farm tourism destination.
Bataoil said groups from other provinces have started visiting the nursery to buy seedlings, including a congresswoman who plans to develop a 40-hectare property.
Municipal Councilor Ricardo Pastor Jr, caretaker of nursery farm, cites the hardworking ‘YY (for ylang-ylang) boys’ for the farm’s progress.
Bataoil said there will be 650 hectares more to be planted with ylang-ylang in the mountainous areas in his district under the care of various people’s organizations.
Since he started the project in July 2016, about 120 hectares of public land in Barangay Hacienda, Bugallon town; more than 100 hectares in Sitio Mapita, Barangay Laoag, Aguilar town, and another 80 hectares in Barangay Bantocaling, Mangatarem have been planted with ylang-ylang by members of people’s organizations assisted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its National Greening Program.
“If we would be able to plant 1,000 hectares, we would be the Capital of Ylang-ylang Plantation,” Bataoil said. (Eva Visperas)