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Davao del Sur coffee farmers rake in Php1.5M in auction 

BANSALAN, Davao del sur – Nine Davao del Sur coffee farmers, who were part of the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC) 2022 Top 12 Best Specialty Arabica Coffee, made it big in this year’s Micro-Lot Auction.  

The auction, conducted last May 7 via Zoom and streamed live via Facebook for three hours, was opened to all coffee enthusiasts from all over the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Hong Kong, and China, among others.  

The bid closed with the Davao del Sur PCQC winners amassing US$31,893.00 or approximately Php1.5 million pesos. This surpassed last year’s earnings of US$21,665.00 or approximately Php1 million pesos of the province’s coffee farmers and 2021 PCQC winners amounting.  

Accordingly, the highest bid was given to the micro-lot (114 kilograms) of Marifel Dela Cerna, winner of PCQC 2022 – Best Specialty Arabica Coffee, with a closing price of US$75.00 per kilogram or a total value of US$8,550.00 or almost Php500,000 pesos. This was significantly higher than last year’s bid for the micro-lot of Marites Arellano, 2021 winner of Best Specialty Arabica Coffee, at a closing price of US$52.50/kg.  

The winning bidder for Dela Cerna’s micro-lot was Teofilo Coffee Company based in the US.  

The auction results for the other Davao del Sur coffee farmers were as follows: Cherry Gil Cabanday (Top 2) – US$19.50/kg; Ronald Dicdican – US$21.50/kg; Cecilia Cavalida – US$21.50/kg; Jhon Lawrence Dela Cerna – US$21.00/kg; Marilyn Tibog – US$20.50/kg; Leizel Silvano – US$19.50/kg; Rosemarie Rupecio – US$40.50/kg; and Jerry Lapasigue – US$30.50/kg.  

In a statement, DTI Davao del Sur Provincial Office OIC Provincial Director Maria Victoria Placer said, “The outstanding results of the recently concluded PCQC auction is a testament of how our local specialty Arabica coffee is already being recognized by the national and international market.”  

“We continue to support and encourage our farmers to commit to produce quality coffee, be open to new technologies and continue to champion sustainable agricultural practices,” OIC Placer added.  

The auction is part of the annual PCQC tradition where the winning entries and lots under the Arabica and Robusta categories are opened for bidding to interested buyers inside and outside the Philippines.  

It is worth noting that the coffee farmers of the province have been topping the annual PCQC tilt for years now, bringing so much pride to the entire region. For its part, DTI-Davao del Sur has been providing them with necessary assistance – from product development to marketing and promotion.  

“We commit to continuously assist them in whatever way we can,” the local trade official said.  

So far, among the interventions that the office has already extended to the group are capability building seminars and trainings through the Industry Cluster Enhancement (ICE) Program and Negosyo Center, product development and promotion (i.e. participation to trade fairs) through the OTOP Next Gen Program, provision of equipment (i.e. coffee pulper with engine, all weather solar dryer, coffee moisture meter) through the Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project, market matching activities through the Rural Agro-Industrial Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) Project, among other interventions. 

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