Beginning on June 24, 2022, and continuing through the end of the year, graduates of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) farmer’s training program will sell their freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and root crops at the Front Covered Walk of SM City Clark as part of the SM Foundation’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.
Along with other partner organizations, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and others collaborate on the KSK Program. Through pop-up booth activities in participating SM Malls, KSK continues to hone the graduates’ capabilities, increase their interest in farming, and support their entrepreneurial abilities. The program was created to assist regional groups in expanding their reach and keeping up their efforts, both of which are essential for them to maintain a steady market following harvest.
Inputs for farming, market connections, and other technical assistance are provided by DA, whilst organization, KSK graduate mobilization, and social preparations are assisted by DSWD. DTI promotes an entrepreneurial mindset, formalizes the business documentation of participating farmers, helps create agricultural byproducts, and incorporates KSK farmers in related DTI activities.
Officials from the CSWD of Angeles, Joy Duaso, the Department of Trade and Industry, Ms. Elenita Ordonio, the City Agriculture Officer, Mr. Ericson Dagdag, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting of Angeles City, as well as the representatives of SM City Clark, Jerwin Jalandoni, Mall Manager, and Lourdes Alarcon, Asst. Mall Manager, are all in attendance during the ceremony.