Davao City Hailed as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines
Chocolate lovers, be proud!
(SPOT.ph) The Philippines grows some mighty fine cacao, with our cacao beans as well as chocolate bars made with local cacao being recognized the world over. Here's another reason to celebrate: The Department of Agriculture has named Davao City as the cacao capital of the Philippines. This comes after years of promoting the cacao industry, with the city being a consistent major producer of cacao beans in the region, producing 2,289.74 metric tons from 2015 to 2019. The announcement was made on September 7.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Davao, cacao is part of the agroforestry component of their National Greening Program. Out of the 106,629 hectares of total National Greening Program (NGP) planted sites, 16,739 or 16% are established cacao agroforests, which are being maintained by the NGP's People's Organizations with assistance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). "The office has also an established linkage with the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies for the production and marketing of the [People's Organization (PO)]’s cacao harvest," they say in their Facebook post.
Cacao has been considered as a primary commodity, thanks to its positive environmental impact, soil suitability, and economic potential.