Sinochem Crop Protection, Inc., an agricultural chemical company on November 8 formally turned over to Arthur S. Panopio, Brgy. Captain of Maitim, Bay, Laguna an artesian well in Purok 4.
Panopio in behalf of his constituents in Purok 4 expressed deep appreciation to Sinochem International Chairman Pan Shengyi, Regional Business Manager Ramil Bonifacio and Country Manager Bernard Canapi for the artesian well. Bonifacio is the only Filipino and only Southeast Asian to sit in the regional board of Sinochem.
Panopio said that this artesian well will help a great deal the residents of Purok 4 in their daily need for water in the household and in watering their plants, which they did not have before.
Bay Laguna Mayor Jose “Joe” Padri who was present at the seminar and during the turn-over ceremony likewise thanked Sinochem for their efforts in giving his town mates a worthwhile donation.
Shengyi who has come to the Philippines for the second time, and has been witness to the delivery of social services of Sinochem in the Philippines was very thankful for the good relation they are experiencing with the Filipinos not only in Laguna, but in all areas Sinochem has conducted social functions to farmers
Prior to the turn-over of the artesian well, a seminar on the proper use of agricultural chemicals and fertilizers was conducted to more than 100 farmers in Maitim, Elementary School of the said town.
Panopio before the seminar distributed hygiene kits from Sinochem to at least 300 pupils of Grade 1 to 3. He said that in Bay, they have adopted the one-barangay-one-product scheme. In his barangay, the Kababaihan ng Baines Multi-Purpose Cooperative with 40 members engaged in candle making business.
The coop earned pretty well in selling candles during the all-souls day and all saint day. Its tie-up with the flower shops contributed a lot to the sales.
In the seminar, Roco Mora, a graduate of Soil Science from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) presented the use of the soil testing kit.
The kit will help farmers do the soil testing on their own and do away with the trouble of waiting for the result that usually come in two years time. With the proper understanding of colors and what they represent or say to the composition of the soil, farmers will be able to apply into the soil what it needs, said Mora.
Brgy. Maitim farmers are happy to note that Sinochem is helping them in understanding their farm needs properly and giving them social services like the artesian well, hygiene kit, soil testing service and others.
In such a case, Sinochem helps farmers especially the small ones, those from the grassroots to determine the best type of seeds to plant and insecticides to be used that will give them maximum benefit without increasing the soil’s toxic level.
“Sinochem is the only agricultural chemical company that offers us social services. We hope that other agri-firms do the same,” some Brgy. Maitim farmers said. Ester Z. Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila