The practices of Delia and Teodulo “Dokdok” Badillo, a lovely organic farming couple from Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur gained international recognitions after it was aired by Karen Wenger of the Swiss Radio and Television Broadcasting Company (https://www.srf.ch/) for providing concrete and very effective ways where most farming families and communities can also apply in combating the impacts of COVID-19. Please click this link https://www.srf.ch/play/radio/popupaudioplayer?id=4fad83f1-2250-4a80-a8b4-627a6bd88e42 to listen to the full audio report, and this link https://fastenopfer.ch/philippinen-agraroekologie-corona/ to read the article.
Their winning formula which isn’t really a secret at all is applying the elements of agroecology http://www.fao.org/agroecology/knowledge/10-elements/en/ in their 1 hectare farm. It’s very inspiring to see that the couple has successfully integrated and managed an amazing no./heads of 100 native chickens, 14 goats, 22 ducks, 3 carabaos (water buffalos), vegetables and spices, some root crops, aside from rice in a small area which most farmers out there haven’t done yet. No space is left underutilized and everything is productive.
When asked “how much regular income are they getting from a farming system like this?” The couple humbly replied: “it averages 40,000 a month.”
Their 24-year old married daughter, Julie Mae “Bobot” Cameros, who lives in Cebu City and has been working there in line with her college degree on Hotel and Restaurant Management, is now deciding to return to Mindanao to follow the footsteps of her successful parents.
The couple, together with fellow organic farmers Belen Apale and Elizabeth Berico, are also supplying quality and affordable organic rice (black, red and white) to the consumers in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, in collaborations with the officers of the PCT of Agro-Eco Philippines in Misamis Oriental.
But on top of their success, Dokdok and Delia remains to be very down-to-earth persons and welcoming to everyone, as they have always been. Their farm has oftentimes been used as venue for farmers’ meetings, exposures and learning activities. Dokdok heads the Malahutayong Mag-uuma nga wala Mogamit og Makahilo (MMMM) or sustainable farmers not using pesticides and synthetic inputs, a farmer’s organization that, by the name itself, dedicated to advance agroecology amidst some micro and macro challenges.
It still fresh in our memories that in 2017 Dokdok led the delivery of a truckload of organic rice from Zamboanga Del Sur for those farming communities in Bunawan and San Luiz, Agusan Del Sur affected by heavy floods.
We’ve known this farming couple and been to their farm a couple of times (we’ve been there two weeks ago) for the past 10 years, but it still surprised us in many aspects to see the continuing improvements happening in their farming practices and quality of life. This is because, as they’ve said, “we always innovate, explore, try and learn something new, shares and discusses with our fellow organic farmers, and put more focused in what we’re doing.”