DTI To Put Up Bio-Composting Facility in Mendez, Cavite

(Via Business Mirror)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Friday it will construct a bio-composting facility in Mendez, Cavite, which will produce 180,000 kilograms of organic compost and bio-liquid fertilizers annually.

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The DTI said in a statement that it will put up the Mendez Ecological Processing Center via its Shared Service Facility Project. The municipal government of Mendez will operate the facility.

The government said some 50 members of the Modern Farmers Association of Mendez will directly benefit from the project. It is also expected to help vegetable, fish and poultry vendors; food-service providers; 5,000 households in Mendez; and traders of organic compost and fertilizers.

“Mendez, primarily an agricultural town, is being considered for development prospects that would attract investors in leisure and entertainment, and ecotourism. Faced with the challenge, the municipal government initiated programs, among them eco-waste management to encourage farming especially to the unemployed youth,” the DTI said.

The eco-waste management program is targeting to reduce solid waste dumped and accumulated in the landfill and produce organic compost which can be a source of alternative livelihood.

The expected effort is multipronged: providing balance between economic growth and ecological stability; entrepreneurship; and creating jobs for 30 individuals mostly from the small-to-backyard farmers’ group.

With its increasing population, the DTI noted that Mendez generates 7 tons of garbage daily of which more than half is compostable. Currently, solid waste are being collected and dumped in a sanitary landfill with no processes being done aside from the segregation. The bio-composting facility will reduce 56 percent of the solid waste and convert these into affordable organic compost fertilizer.

Waste of market vendors grouped in clusters will be processed, of which 50 percent of processed products will be given back to the clusters. To a certain extent, the DTI said this will satisfy the compost needs of those with agribusiness ventures. The remaining half will be retained at the eco-processing center.

The DTI hopes that the bio-composting facility would encourage more Cavite residents to go into business.

Mayor Frederick Vida accepted the machinery and equipment from the DTI. Vida offered the lot where the building for the facility as the municipal government’s counterpart.

He said he expects the project to renew the interest of the youth in farming and to encourage more Mendez residents to practice full waste segregation.

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Organic, Odorless Hog-raising in Alfonso, Cavite

One of the things you’d really want to do in Metro Tagaytay is set up your own farm. In the nearby town of Alfonso, farmers have been raising hogs the organic, odorless way.

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Traditionally, pig farms really stink up the neighborhood, which is why they’re situated far from residential clusters. Now that organic farms are all the rage, you might want to learn more from the experts. Check out this two-part seminar on organic and odorless hog-raising.

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This video seminar on natural hog-raising and natural farming was brought to you by Feedpro and Kota Verde Resort. More agricultural videos may be found here on the official YouTube channel of Mag-Agri Tayo.

Kota Verde Farm and Resort is located in Alfonso, Cavite.

Hello, Metro Tagaytay!

Metro Tagaytay’s territory covers the entire Tagaytay City, as well as the adjoining Cavite towns of Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang.

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The term “Metro Tagaytay” isn’t exactly an official designation, although it has been used mainly by real estate developers, wedding vendors, hotels, restaurants and other business owners operating in the neighborhood.

While there are rumors that the wheels have been turning to make Metro Tagaytay official– and thereby bringing Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang within its jurisdiction– we can only speculate on how soon this would actually happen, and more importantly, how it would affect local business.


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What’s Happening In Metro Tagaytay

Right at the top of the list of what sorts of businesses are flourishing in and around the area of Tagaytay City, are:

Travel and Tourism
Weddings
Agriculture
Real Estate
Wellness

Travel and Tourism.  This one’s a no-brainer, considering how close Tagaytay City is to Metro Manila, as well as how it is conveniently located on the way to (parts of) Batangas, even Laguna and Quezon.  (Tagaytay City is still part of Cavite, by the way!)

Metro Tagaytay is a popular tourist destination, attracting regular folk from the big city, as well as foreign visitors looking for a little adventure or relaxation.

As such, you have a plethora of hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, as well as restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational facilities in and around Tagaytay.

One of our favorite restaurants in Tagaytay is Breakfast at Antonio's, which is conveniently right along the highway, on your way to Nasugbu from Tagaytay.

One of our favorite restaurants in Tagaytay is Breakfast at Antonio’s, which is conveniently right along the highway, on your way to Nasugbu from Tagaytay.

Click here for a list of restaurants in the area of Metro Tagaytay.

Weddings.  Metro Tagaytay is also a popular choice for destination weddings. We’ve seen a lot of wedding venues crop up within the last few years, and you now have a thriving community of local wedding vendors– from caterers to photographers/videographers, wedding coordination teams, stylists, florists, as well as wedding cake suppliers, bridal car rental companies, wedding hosts and musicians.

A scene from our own wedding at Tagaytay Highlands. Photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.

A scene from our own wedding at Tagaytay Highlands. Photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.

Peak season for weddings is December to January, with a secondary peak during the summer.

Click here for a list of hotels in the area of Metro Tagaytay.

Agriculture.  The towns around Tagaytay City– Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang– are all primarily agricultural municipalities, with sprawling farmlands growing all sorts of produce, as well as flowering plants, decorative plants and trees.

As one might expect, many Metro Tagaytay restaurants and hotels either source their produce locally or, more interestingly enough, maintain their own farms nearby.

Pineapples grow in abundance around Metro Tagaytay, where you can find farms of all kinds.

Pineapples grow in abundance around Metro Tagaytay, where you can find farms of all kinds.

Take a look around, and you’ll see fruit stands, vegetable stalls and landscaping services everywhere. If you know where to look, you’ll find all sorts of herb gardens, flower farms and even tree nurseries within the neighborhood.

Click here for 10 Fun Facts about Tagaytay.

Real Estate.  Not surprisingly, you have all sorts of real estate companies, from big players like SMDC, Ayala Corporation, Robinsons and Citiland, to smaller subdivision developers and property management groups.

In Metro Tagaytay, you'll find all manners of real estate available-- from parcels of land, to houses and lots, as well as condominium units.

In Metro Tagaytay, you’ll find all manners of real estate available– from parcels of land, to houses and lots, as well as condominium units.

It seems like everyone is selling a piece of Metro Tagaytay land here, or a new condominium unit there. Just make sure you deal with authorized brokers, with all the necessary papers and titles that go with transactions like these.

Wellness.  Not as big, but just as flourishing, is the wellness sector in Metro Tagaytay.  The neighborhood already has a number of well-known spas, retreat houses, organic farms, as well as restaurants using a great deal of organic food.  Add to that your weekend warriors biking/running into Tagaytay City, and retirees looking to live out the rest of their days in the hilly countryside.

A pot of hot tea, from Nurture Spa in Tagaytay.  Metro Tagaytay has a lot of great options for rest and relaxation for families, career-folk, businessmen and retirees.

A pot of hot tea, from Nurture Spa in Tagaytay. Metro Tagaytay has a lot of great options for rest and relaxation for families, career-folk, businessmen and retirees.

In Conclusion

Metro Tagaytay has so much to offer: it’s got a lot of big city conveniences, as well as business opportunities, but you still have that much-needed laid-back and stress-free lifestyle that provincial living brings.

I now call this place home.  After living and toiling in Metro Manila all my life, how can you not appreciate the unpolluted Tagaytay countryside air?  You’ve got a great view of Taal Volcano and the lake, a lot of places nearby to visit, and most importantly, it’s still relatively close to Metro Manila if I need to get some business done.  Needless to say, I love it here.

Source:  Renzie Baluyut for Renzie Baluyut Online.  You can visit his blog here.