Since the call of TTPD-PCAARRD on April 2, 2020 of all ATBIs for a relief effort to help incubatees who are affected by the Covid-19, the LSPU AATBI has responded and started its coordination to concerned individuals. On April 29, 2020, the LSPU AATBI team headed by Dr. Corazon N. San Agustin, Vice President, Research Development & Extension; LSPU Relief Task Force; representatives from two farm partners; and some members of LGUs conducted the relief operation in six towns of Laguna, namey: Mabitac, Siniloan, Pangil, Sta. Cruz, Lumban, and Los Banos.
In Mabitac, Mr. Romeo Alarde, Municipal administrator acknowledged receipt of goods from AATBI that were distributed in four barangays of the town and frontliners in Laguna. In Pangil, Hon. Alegria S. Tena, Barangay Captain of Sulib was one of the frontliners in distributing the relief goods in the said barangay, with the project team and Ms. Sahly Mojado, owner of the Matt and Kayla Family Farm.
Engr. Isabelita Domingo, AATBI Project Leader headed the distribution of 2,120 fruiting bags to six beneficiaries who are incubatees of the project that need assistance to start their mushroom business. The fruiting bags were purchased from an inwall incubate and some were outsourced from other producer. This sub-project will serve as an ongoing relief efforts of AATBI to help Covid-19 affected communities. On the partnership guidelines, half of the harvest of the incubatees in this mushroom project will be donated in their identified barangays. This would mean distribution of fresh oyster mushrooms as relief until August 2020.
The activity was made possible through the support of Dr. Mario R. Briones, University President; Engr. Joseph M. Cabiente, Campus Director; Ms. Marie Ammabelle I. Cabildo, Director-Budget & Finance Services; Dr. Editha R. Perey, Research Director; Mr. Jefferson Viterbo Valdenarro, Ms. Yolanda Pedrigal, Nurse Portia Gelyn, Mr. Lex Rejalde; Ms. Sahly Mojado, owner of Matt N' Kayla Farm & Mr. And Mrs. Ador & Teresita Sanchez, owner Adoress Farm.
The LSPU AATBI Team, Engr. Isabelita Domingo, Project Leader, Ms. Mary Ann Barile, Project Manager; Dr. Corazon San Agustin, VP of RDE, and Renie Rose Relativo and Jethro Sanchez, Project Assistants, had planned and coordinated the said relief operation.
-MLBarile & RR Relativo