Planters Environmental Solutions Inc. (PENSOL) participated in the Green Philippines 2012 Exhibits held last August 16-18, 2012 at SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City, Manila.
In 2009, Advanta Seeds International appointed Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) as its exclusive Distributor of Hybrid Corn Seeds in the Philippines.
Agriculture institutes and multinationals usually invest million of pesos or even dollars to develop high-yielding rice varieties, which is one of the reasons why farmers are able to produce the crop at higher yields than decades back.
PUFF AP Odor Eliminator is the only odor eliminator made from food-grade enzymes.
Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) has entered into an agreement with Advanta Seeds, the fourth largest seed producer in the world.
Planters Environmental Solutions (PENSOL) exhibited in the Livestock Asia (Philippines) Conference held last December 8-10, 2011 at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City Manila.
PLANTERS PRODUCTS, INC. (PPI) conquered its quality journey as the country's newest crop protection company to be ISO 9001:2008 certified (Quality Management System, QMS).
Planters Products, Inc. celebrated the Pahiyas Festival last May 15, 2013 in honor of the Patron Saint of Farmers, and Laborers, San Isidro De Labrador.
The grandest of celebrations, a commemoration of Planters Products, Inc.’s fiftieth year of meaningful existence, was held on the night of September 10, 2012 at the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio Global City.
Themed “Pamilyang Sama-sama sa Iisang Kultura”, Planters Products, Inc. held its first-ever Family Day last September 8, 2012 at Belvedere Covered Court, Merville Park, Parañaque City.
Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain peak in Luzon, known for its unique grandeur and ” Sea of Clouds”, tops the list of almost all outdoor enthusiasts.
The 5th Golf Tournament of the San Isidro De Labrador Scholarship Grant Inc. was held last May 31, 2012, Thursday at the Villamor Golf Club, Pasay City.
Mountain-trekking has become a tradition for Planters Products, Inc. - a climb of Mt. Terranos in Dinalupihan is anticipated by employees every year, giving them a day or two of communing with nature.
Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) is optimistic that with the leadership of Atty. John Paolo Roberto A. Calleja, President & CEO, the company will emerge to be a major player in the agriculture industry.
Last June 30 to July 2, 2011, a grand exposition marks the First Agriculture and Tourism Expo held at Halls B and C World Trade Center, Pasay City.
Last May 20, 2011. PPI employees were able to experience "PlanterVville" (modification of facebook's FarmVille).
Last April 1, 2011, Planters Products, Inc. held a leadership seminar titled "Next Level Leadership" with motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan.
A training-seminar on the principles of Good Housekeeping was conducted by productivity experts from the Center for Industrial Competitiveness of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the employees of Planters Products. The training was held on November 27 and December 3, 2008
Planters Products, Inc. celebrated the Pahiyas Festival last May 15, 2013 in honor of the Patron Saint of Farmers, and Laborers, San Isidro De Labrador. The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass presided by Fr. Manny Domingo, then followed by a heart-warming speech by Mr. Jayvee Bryan Carillo, a former scholar of the San Isidro De Labrador Scholarship Grant Inc. (SILSGI) and a present employee of PPI. Mr. Carillo expressed his gratitude and shared inspirational experience of being a beneficiary of SILSGI. “Hindi po ako nahirapan nung ako ay nag aaral, dahil sa tulong ng SILSGI. Maswerte po ako na maging parte po ako ang scholarship na ito. Maraming Salamat”– Mr. Carillo said. His inspirational speech encouraged SILSGI Coordinators –the Quality Circle (QC), to work more to be able to raise fund and to continuously support the Filipino farmers in sending their children to school. The event was replete with colorful buntings, kippings, and the famous Pancit Habhab (Pancit Lucban) and Lucban Longganisa. It was a day full of exciting activities where cake raffle and PPI’s version of the “Minute to Win It” were enjoyed and played by employees. Employees who have exemplary practiced the value of Punctuality were recognized and were given the Perfect Attendance for the Year Award that same day. Awardees came from the Plant Operations Team namely Mr. Arturo Roxas III, Ms. Mylene Celestial, Romeo Navarro and Guillermo Manalo. True enough, hard work as exemplified by St. Isidore the Laborer warrants good harvest. Dedication, hard work, and excellence lead to success.
The grandest of celebrations, a commemoration of Planters Products, Inc.’s fiftieth year of meaningful existence, was held on the night of September 10, 2012 at the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio Global City. DA Sec. Proceso Alcala graced the event together with dignitaries who have faithfully partnered with PPI. Sharing DA’s practicable strategies to staples sufficiency, Sec. Alcala emphasized the National Government’s deliberate move to walking together with the Filipino farmers. Atty. John Paolo Roberto A. Calleja, PPI CEO and President, reminded everyone of the organization’s glorious past, of the vital role it once played in augmenting the harvest yield of the Filipino farmers. The present does not dictate any respite from what once was, demanding for a much more significant upsurge in food production. Agricultural land conversion, increasing food consumption effected by population explosion, environment protection and conservation, climate change, unpredictable bouts of El Nino and La Nina, intensify the need for immediate and actionable solutions.Atty Calleja shared an overview of PPI initiatives on Seed-to-Shelf and Plant-Now-Pay-Later programs. The Seed-to-Shelf (S2S) program was launched in support of DA’s need to assist farmers who have fallen victims to typhoon Ondoy. Through the S2S, PPI lent inputs to farmers over one hundred fifty days at zero percent interest and a guaranteed purchase of their rice produce at a peso greater than the prevailing market price. The PNPL is a variant to the S2S wherein farming inputs are also lent to farmers, but they are free to sell their produce to whomever they wish to. Jim Paredes and beauty queen, Venus Raj, emceed the event. Dondie Ong and Fame Flores, two of today’s rising performers, wowed the crowd with their vocal duets and commanding presence. The Black Theater, a group of mime performers who capitalize on black light for their presentation, depicted the rigors of boldly going through various challenges and keeping faith until victory is within one’s reach. A sand artist imbued life to the sand, showcasing a farm, a farmer busy growing rice and rice served at the dining table. Talented guitarist, singer and composer, Noel Cabangon engaged the audience with his witty and thought-provoking lyrics enumerating the behaviors and reactions of a “mabuting Pilipino.” Valued business partners, guests, former and current employees were resplendent in their Filipiniana attires. Everybody enjoyed food from the overflowing buffet tables and crispy and flavorful lechon. The night ended with launching of PPI’s own hymn, “Kaisa Ka sa Tagumpay,” a song that recognizes the importance and sacrifice of our modern-day heroes, the Filipino farmers, and Planters Products, Inc.’s commitment to living it’s slogan “Kumpanya ng Magsasakang Pilipino.”The grandest of celebrations in our corporate existence did not really end that night. In our minds and hearts, the celebration of life in Planters Products, Inc. is continuing, and as far as endings go, has just begun.
Themed “Pamilyang Sama-sama sa Iisang Kultura”, Planters Products, Inc. held its first-ever Family Day last September 8, 2012 at Belvedere Covered Court, Merville Park, Parañaque City. The event began with a thanksgiving mass presided by Fr. Jesse Escala, SDB, then followed by a welcome speech of the Assistant Vice President, Mr. Ian Francis B. Loria. Mr. Loria welcomed the employees to the celebration with hopes that the 50th Anniversary will be a success. The Family Day was replete with games and exciting activities depicting our country’s culture of Piyestang Pinoy. Games such as Limbo Rack, Kadang-kadang, Sack Race, Tug of War, and Pinoy Henyo were actively participated by employees and family members. The Filipino-favorite Bingo Social was played where ten (10) raffle prizes were given away. Magic Show and Face painting activities were held to the delight of kids and their parents. Foods served to the event featured Pinoy-fiesta favorites like Adobo, Lechon, and Pancit. Food carts for fishball, kikiam, scramble and cotton candies also adorned the venue to provide food and sweets in making the day enjoyable and fun-filled.True indeed, the Family Day event has enlivened the Filipino Fiesta and has shown that Planters Products, Inc. is committed in providing employees a balance work-life, and in giving importance to the values of family and culture. Mr. Jose Robel Cantimbuhan, Director for Crop Nutrition, and Ms. Shierralyn Belleza, Corporate Services Assistant emceed the event with a lucid greeting of “Maligayang ikalimampung anibersaryo sa inyong lahat!”- giving emphasis that the Family Day is one of the many events for a part of a week-long celebration of PPI’s Golden Anniversary.
Planters Environmental Solutions Inc. (PENSOL) participated in the Green Philippines 2012 Exhibits held last August 16-18, 2012 at SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City, Manila. Green Philippines is a gathering of various companies, sectors and industries for promoting sustainable and eco-friendly strategies, work processes and products. The event is a movement for environmental sustainability covering four major industries: Green Construct, Green Energy, Green Living and Lifestyle and Green Manufacturing.PENSOL showcased NOBAC Urban product, an environment-friendly deodorizer which include different variants: All-Purpose Solution, Grease and Grill, Declogger and WaterPLUS. NOBAC URBAN ECO-SOLUTIONS ALL-PURPOSE is a liquid organic cleaner, disinfectant and deodorizer. It is completely biodegradable and environment-friendly; non-corrosive and has no harmful chemicals or poisons; and is hypo-allergenic (does not irritate skin, eyes, and nasal passages).NOBAC GREASE ‘N GRILL dissolves grease, dirt, and grime, and also kills most germs found on grills and cooking surfaces. It can be used at home or in commercial establishments - especially those in specialty barbecue and grill, restaurants, and other food-handling businesses.NOBAC DECLOGGER removes blockages in toilets and sinks, as well as disinfects and deodorizes at the same time. It dissolves organic wastes stuck in toilets and/or sinks without strong and harmful chemicals that can damage the environment.NOBAC WaterPLUS lowers coliform count; lowers BOD/COD levels; reduces foul odor and helps comply with environmental regulations. Nobac Waterplus is a liquid all-natural sewage and waste water treatment that is completely biodegradable and environment-friendly. It is non-toxic, safe and easy to use. Moreover, it has strong detergent properties capable of cleaning, de-scaling, and degreasing surfaces. The product hastens the decomposition of organic waste materials and other pollutants, and effectively controls production of noxious gases. It also has anti-protozoal, molluscidal, anti-fungal, antioxidant and antiviral properties, and a strong affinity for heavy metals.These NOBAC Variants are the new solutions to environmental problems.
Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain peak in Luzon, known for its unique grandeur and ” Sea of Clouds”, tops the list of almost all outdoor enthusiasts. Standing at a majestic heights of 2922 meters above sea level, it has gained popularity among trekking and non-trekking communities here and abroad. Most people with a first hand experience of the beauty of Mt. Pulag strongly recommends it.As is often said, taking to the summit is optional, and going down is mandatory. Aiming to walk on its summit, Planters Products Inc, planned a two-day tour to Mt Pulag for its employees. With a long list of reminders, and packed bags, employees prepared for long travel hours. Starting from the night of June 8 of 2012 and arriving in Baguio at about five the following morning - is just a warm-up. A couple more hours of road dirt that snakes its way to Benguet, and stopping at DENR for a group registration, everyone is reminded of do’s and don’ts in getting into the mountain. The adventure began rather early. Going through the rough road and knocking off the jeepney’s tires three times made its passengers shout of fear, and later, relief for not edging into deep ravines that littered the ascent. With help from the natives, the group reached the Ranger Station safely. A 10-km trek to Mt. Pulag’s summit is definitely not-a-walk-in-the-park. With huge backpacks weighing you down, craggy trails and freezing temperatures, reaching the jump-off seemed-like an endless hours of travel. But it did not deter anyone in moving up ahead. The first part of the trek is quite easy, a walk on a relatively flat terrain with towering trees and deep ravines, and a good view of the mountain kept the group excited. Then the steeps started to test every one’s muscles and resolve. It is in these steep ascents when one starts to ask how much further can one go. At this point, it is no longer your will-power but the moss-covered rainforest that nudges you to proceed – amidst the mud and rock covered path that lies ahead. Arriving at the campsite with dried sweat a couple of hours later, the group needed tochange clothes to prevent hypothermia.At time check, the setting sun denied us the option to go into the summit at sunset. Hence, the group started to set-up camp and with the tents mounted, a calm and cold night inhibited the group from staying out in the open. After a quick munch, everybody hit the sacks as early as seven tops. And snores from tired and fatigue-worn bodies followed.At 3:00 AM, still wearing hand and body warmers, the group got out of the tent for the most awaited moment of summit assault. Shivering outside the comforts of their tents, everyone struggled in taking each step, walking incoherently up and down the slope leading to the peak. With only a bottle of water and a camera on-hand, the trek was still pretty daunting since oxygen was getting thinner on the way up. Add to that the rush to push forward in chasing the sunrise that was about to come out.The last stretch was intense. It will be twilight in any moment. With the mountain breeze blowing on your faces, you can see the mountainous path and grasses of gold where you trod. Turning a gaze higher, a majestic Sea-of-Cloud unfolds with the glorious sunrise. No wonder it was dubbed as the playground-of-the-gods. The place is surrounded by bamboos dwarfed by an enchanting scenery. Despite the cold mountain breeze, everyone feels warm and welcomes a calming peace – to behold such wonder and beauty of nature.As the sun wakes from its sleep, everyone scampered in taking pictures (and videos), as if taking pictures will keep it etched in our memories for all eternity.Leaving had been difficult. It was hard to leave the summit. The mountains. The view. The grandeur. The journey was no longer just above the clouds. For there are millions of people below, waking up at the exact moment we did, but none opened their eyes to the magnificent view we have just seen. Truly, the mountains reserve their choice of gifts for those who stand upon their summits.
The 5th Golf Tournament of the San Isidro De Labrador Scholarship Grant Inc. was held last May 31, 2012, Thursday at the Villamor Golf Club, Pasay City. The SILSGI Golf Tournament is a yearly fund raising activity organized by Planters Products, Inc (PPI) for the tertiary schooling of the worthy children of the downtrodden and left behind farmers.The event was participated by representative players from various partners of PPI including some of our major sponsors -San Miguel Corporation and Berris Agricultural Company, Inc. It was also made possible through the help of our minor sponsors - R & C International, Texicon Agriventures Corporation, Capsmaker Incorporated, San Miguel Yamamura, Seaboard Eastern Insurance, Anonas Press House, Lebria Transport & Allied Services Corp., Radisson Agrochemical Corporation, Professional Air Maintenance, Alba Romeo & Company, Planters Kaisaka Service Cooperative (PKSC), Asian Institute of Aviation – Planters Aviation Corporation (AIA-PAC), Dels Apparel Corporation, Mhariels Designs Inc., Asian Chemical Corporation, Planters Provident Fund, and Board of Directors of PPI. The Awarding Ceremony started with a prayer led by Quality Council representative, Ms. Rushel Agagas followed by SILSGI update presented by QC President, Ms. Gesil T. Butlay. Atty. John Paolo Roberto A. Calleja, President and CEO of PPI ended the program by his words of gratitude, acknowledging all the partners who supported the event and invited all to attend the up coming Golden Anniversary Celebration of PPI on September 2012.Indeed, it was a fun-filled game where players enjoyed sumptuous lunch and won exciting raffle prizes. We congratulate all the winners and thank all those who participated in the event. We believe that with the fervor support of our partners, we are ensured of the fulfillment of our mission in providing “LIBRENG EDUKASYON pang-Agrikultura para sa mga ANAK ng ating MAGSASAKA”Major Raffle Prize Winner (32” LCD TV)Mr. Antonio V. Cruz of Alba Romeo & CompanyCLASS “A” WinnersChampion: Mr. Rey Ulob (Lebria Transport)Runner-up: Mr. Marti Calleja (LSK Europharma)CLASS “B” WinnersChampion: Mr. Mark So (Seaboard Eastern Insurance)Runner-up: Mayor Franklin Edwardo of Jaen, Nueva EcijaCLASS “C” WinnersChampion: Mr. Antonio V. Cruz (Alba Romeo & Company)Runner-up: Mr. Augusto L. Canlas (Fertilizer & Pesticide Authority)amc&csb
Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) passed its ISO9001:2008 re-assessment during its 6th Surveillance Audit held last May 9, 2012 at Carmelray Industrial Park 1, Calamba Laguna. Atty. John Paolo Roberto A. Calleja, President & CEO of PPI, together with members of the Management Committee (MANCOM) actively participated in the Audit proper with the Internal Audit Team and all process owners showing full and undivided cooperation and support.Intense as it may, process owners and the Management as a whole passed the audit with flying colors without any major non-conformance being raised. Nevertheless, Ms. Ermelinda P. Andres of Certification International Phils. (CIP), discussed a few observations that were meant to further improve PPI’s documented processes.With this, PPI have proven (once again) its commitment in continuing to be a reliable partner in agro-chemical business; and its registration for ISO9001:2008 (for the development, manufacture and repacking of pesticides) is deemed renewed. Indeed, Planters Products, Inc. works as a TEAM and a FAMILY, with each player making positive contributions and involvement for the success of ONE! Ms Ethyl Ruth V. Ramirez, Plant Operations Manager and Quality Management Representative led the opening of the 6th Surveillance Audit.
Mountain-trekking has become a tradition for Planters Products, Inc. - a climb of Mt. Terranos in Dinalupihan is anticipated by employees every year, giving them a day or two of communing with nature. On the 9th of March, 2012, beginners and experts, the young ones and the young once, took a trip to Bataan, passing through towns and villages, and arriving at the jump off point at about five in the morning. After a prayer, the group started to walk, and the ascent was divided into three (3) Teams. With guides, the Teams started crossing small streams of water, hopping and leaping over large pile of rocks and dusting beads of sweat under their brows, and under the scorching heat of the sun. Making it through the trail wasn’t easy, especially when carrying huge backpacks. After hours of trekking, and as gaps widened across Teams, half of the group without a guide in sight, kept pushing and guessing what they perceive to be the right way. Trusting instincts, climbing steeps and tough hills of bushes and trees (to keep moving forward) proved to be a nasty choice. Going back was an option that is NOT being considered. With sheer (and dogged) determination, the Team pushed forward and attempted any possible ways to reach the top. Passing dry and eerie creeks, swinging through tall bamboos, crawling on crumbling sands, passing by the side cliffs and deep ravines, and creating trails among the thorny grasses (and on grinding stomachs) were no excuse. The Team must not stop. There must be a way somewhere, the right way is simply to go nowhere but up. Getting rested and feeling the prolonged absence of another Team, the first two Teams atop Mt Terranos, sent guides to locate the missing Team (well, they did for a good couple of hours!). When found, and learning that they needed to walk for two more hours before reaching te camp, frustration filled their faces. But the knowledge of being back on the right track overshadowed the frustration.When the third Team reached camp, everybody was jubilant – but no one uttered a word.Activities as tree planting, slacking, rappelling and group games were done smoothly. Socials were done at night to tighten the bond of young and not so young people. And as the quiet of the night unfolds, loud snores filled the air, tired bodies littered the cold mats and tents as if to prepare for an early morning trek, as we have to go down and drive back to the city.Getting lost comes in many forms - experiences, realizations and learnings. We make mistakes, we learn, we move on. Sometimes in our life, we take the wrong route and we make a wrong decision. But trusting our guts (our internal compass) we can make a turn and take another route. Often, one that is more daunting and scenic. And that’s the beauty of it, the ability to recognize we made a wrong turn. For it takes courage to take another route and make the right decision, to take a step back, in order to make two steps forward – to make steps in the right direction.Rather than getting frustrated, we bask in knowing we took a different path, learned a new trail and saw the other side of Mt. Terranos. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – and we did!
Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) is optimistic that with the leadership of Atty. John Paolo Roberto A. Calleja, President & CEO, the company will emerge to be a major player in the agriculture industry.Atty. Calleja ascended the Presidency of the company in lieu of the retirement of its past President effective June 16, 2010. He was later on confirmed by DA Secretary, Proceso J. Alcala last August 16, 2010.The salient points of Atty. Calleja's aspirations for the farmers is in consonance with President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III's agenda of eradicating poverty through good governance, and Secretary Alcala's thrust of food security and sufficiency.Atty. Calleja is supported by his Management Committee in steering the company to attain the above goals through diversification and similar business development agenda.While the main businesses of Planters Products, Inc. are in Crop Nutrition and Protection, its main product portfolio have grown to include Seeds (in partnership with ADVANTA - corn) and Fertilizer.In the fourth quarter of 2009, new partnerships and joint-ventures were developed to include the Planters Spring Bamboo, Inc. (PSBI), which utilized formerly non-performing assets of the company into production centers. PSBI is involved in the production of bamboo-based products such as chopsticks, barbeque sticks, boards, and flooring. While the plant is situated in Dumangas, Iloilo City, primary market for its products include the National Capital Region and adjacent cities.In response to the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (RA 10068) which aims to increase farm productivity and reduce environmental degradation among others, another subsidiary, Planters Environmental Solutions, Inc, (PENSOL) was created. Products of PENSOL are mainly defined as odor eliminator and disinfectant, decreasing ammonia levels on farm wastes that are harmful to human and animals. PENSOL products disrupts the life cycle of the fly, keeping the spread of diseases at bay. Additional research are also conducted for its application to crops, aquaculture, poultry, livestock, pets, waste treatment, and household use (sanitizer, bath soaps, detergents, degreaser, etc).Atty Calleja also addressed initiated the formation of Planters Kaisaka Services Cooperative (PSKC) to envirgorate the economic conditions of agricultural field technicians doing extension work in the provinces; the production workers in the crop protection and other subsidiaries of the company, including cafeteria employees and tenants. The cooperative members also stands to gain from patronage refund annually, apart from their regular pay and remunerations.Under Atty. Calleja's leadership, PPI employees and the Filipino farmers stand to gain from programs and projects that are being implemented to reinvigorate the company. With the help of the government and the private sector, all things are made possible.
In 2009, Advanta Seeds International appointed Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) as its exclusive Distributor of Hybrid Corn Seeds in the Philippines. It started with the objective of helping the Filipino farmer in its quest to improve its economic condition by way of providing high yielding corn varieties at an affordable price.By September 2010, Planters Products created a new business group aside from its Crop Protection to handle the commercialization of its Hybrid Corn Seeds, thus, the Seeds Division was born headed by Mr. Mark B. Costes who was formerly the Marketing Manager of PPI.In October 2010, PPI formally announced its presence in the market by joining the 7th National Corn Congress held in Isabela with over 2,000 registered participants from all over the country.Even as a new player with a new name in the market, Advanta brand sparked curiosity among the corn farmers which resulted to higher incidence of booth visits by participants comparable to the established giants.The Advanta Hybrid Corn Seed varieties that are presently in the market are the PAC 999, PAC 224, and PAC 555 which are all high yielding and tolerant to low rainfall condition.The high yielding feature of the corn varieties are derived from having "full tip" or cob with kernel up to the tip, small cob diameter, and long and flat kernels. With long and flat kernels, average rows ranges from 14 to 18 and an unprecedented shelling recovery minimum of 80%.With the successful entry of the 3 Hybrid Corn Seeds in the Philippine market, PPI is pursuing to introduce new Hybrid Corn varieties, vegetable, and rice seeds.
Last June 30 to July 2, 2011, a grand exposition marks the First Agriculture and Tourism Expo held at Halls B and C World Trade Center, Pasay City. The event's theme: "Attaining Economic Progress through AGRO-TOURISM - Building strong networks among Filipinos" featured the Philippines both Agriculture and Tourism in One-Stop show that will help enhance the economy worldwide through a series of awareness campaigns, learning seminars, product exhibits and cultural performances.These years objectives are as follows:1. To generate sustainable economic growth and development through Agri-Tourism;2. To develop world-class Agri-Tourism sites all over the country;3. To promote awareness and encourage government agencies, different organizations and the private sector to provide national development assistance;4. To enhance agricultural productivity;5. To create employment and income opportunities in the rural communities;6. To attract more tourists and investors to the country; and7. To provide an avenue to promote brands, services and products related to Agri-TourismParticipants from different agricultural sectors take part to this momentous event. Planters Productsas one of the leading Filipino Agricultural Chemical Company exhibits the Crop Protection Products and subsidiary products including Chopsticks, NOBAC Deodorizers and Advanta Seeds.The Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker Honorable Francis N. Pangilinan, Senior Chairman-Committee on Agriculture gave his inspirational message on the importance of Agri-Tourism in becoming a major factor in strengthening the economy and bringing the agriculture and tourism industries into new heights.
Last May 20, 2011. PPI employees were able to experience "PlanterVville" (modification of facebook's FarmVille). PlantersVille is a company's activity aiming for the employees to experience not only the virtual farming but the actual farming/planting of rice and for them to be fully equipped with the company's real nature of work. With this activity, PPI employees realized that being a farmer is not as easy as their FarmVille characters. Their virtual farming is just a click away for them to be able to plow their land, plant rice, wait for few hours, then rice is ready to harvest.But PlantersVille, actual farming is far more different and harder than farmville. This activity has a wide scope, from land preparation to crop establishment, to nutrient, water and pest management until harvest. In order to monitor the progress of the activity, weekly visits has been done. Each team has its representatives weekly to check if the fertilizers or the pesticides has been applied and what were the effects of it. They were also checking the stages of the rice plants.In the whole field, PPI plantersVille area is the only area with standing crop, therefore, insects and pests thrive and infected the rice plants. During visits, there were problems being encountered. For the first 4 plots (3,780 sq. m) planted by PPI employees, fertilizer application has been delayed from the schedule. But this was compensated with the PPI fertilization protocol using our fertilizer "Flourish" and other synthetic fertilizer to correct the deficiency in the soil. The application rate of the said fertilizer is based on the result of the MOET (Minus One Element Technique). Insects such as stemborers and leaffolders also infested our rice plots but they were controlled by our product "Brodan". During the last visit, minor damage caused by rats were also observed, however, this is immediately controlled using "ratoxin". As of the moment, rice plants are now on its 90% panicle initiation. This will still take a month to be fully mature or if rice grains are 80-85% golden yellow. During this stage, birds are the primary pest and human scare crow or commonly termed as "bird boys" is the field workers' way to control it.For the plots (5,230 sq.m) remaining, planted by Philrice laborers, the schedule of the fertilization has been followed. Brodan were also sprayed for the control of stem borers. Ratoxin was also used when rat damage in rice crop was observed.Last July 8, 2011, AESA or AgroEcosystem Analysis was conducted by selected PPI employees. They collected data such as presence of insects and natural enemies, weed incidence, diseases, and agronomic data such as number of tillers, plant height, etc. AESA is a method used to analyze the interaction of pests, natural enemies, weather conditions, water depth and its effects to the agronomic attributes of the rice plants. Two plots (team Bushwhack and Team Brodan) were used for the AESA. Rice plants during this time are in its maximum-tillering stage. Based on the results, both plots have almost the same observations. Insects present are leaffolders, stemborers, planthoppers, and rice black bug. Rice plants were infected with leaf streak, bacterial leaf blight and tungro. Weed population is not significant. There were also egg masses observed of the golden apple snail. However, there were still natural enemies that were spotted such as spiders, lady beetles, dragonfly and frogs. The water depth of the plots are 3-5 cm which is enough for the stages of the crop, therefore, water should be maintained at this level. In general, the crop stand or the purity of the rice area is not uniform in size and in color. The presence of the pests is very dominant since the plantersville area is the only area with standing crop during that time.Weekly visits would still be done until time of harvest. Plantersville will commence on September or after harvest through "Harvest Festival". PPI employees are now looking forward to the time when they will now harvest the fruits of their labor. And by that time, farming is not only planting and harvesting, but lots of management should be considered.. They will surely appreciate that being a farmer is such a noble profession. (Photo by GPD)
Agriculture institutes and multinationals usually invest million of pesos or even dollars to develop high-yielding rice varieties, which is one of the reasons why farmers are able to produce the crop at higher yields than decades back.But can farmers themselves develop high-yielding rice varieties with the little resources they have? The answer is "yes."One such farmer is Fernando Gubuyo, 62 years old, of Tontod, Nueva Ecija, who has been a farmer since he was a kid."Since I was very young, I usually accompany my father to the rice fields. Rice farming is our livelihood and I was able to make my four children graduate from college because of that," he said.Today, Gubuyo farms around 14 hectares of lands which are mostly devoted to rice farming. A portion is devoted to vegetables like tomatoes, ampalaya, upo and pepper.He said that he has gotten the highest yields with hybrid rice, and in 2007 he was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Farmer.Gabuyo said that the biggest yields he got with hybrid rice was 340 cavans per hectare, but he had to spend a lot on pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers.He later met Alfonso Puyat who introduced him to using foliar in rice farming, which improved the rice yields in his farm.It was from his partnership with Puyat that Gubuyo started to experiment to develop better rice varieties.By crossing two hybrid rice varieties, Gubuyo was able to develop a variety he calls Eureka rice."We crossbred two rice varieties and we planted it up to the sixth generation, and we did selected breeding. That's how we came up with Eureka rice," he said.While Eureka rice was developed from two hybrid rice varieties, Gubuyo said that the final product is an inbred rice variety because they were able to use seeds from the plant for successive plantings.Their first trial of Eureka rice yielded 180 cavans per hectare, which is a high figure for an inbred rice variety.Successive planting of Eureka rice from the saved seeds resulted to a yield of 240 cavans per hectare, which Gubuyo said is the "standard" for the variety. Inbred rice varieties usually yield between 70 to 100 cavans per hectare."Eureka rice is a blessing to farmers who rely on inbred varieties. This variety could greatly help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency by 2013 as envisioned by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala," he added.Indeed, Gubuyo has proven that the farmer himself can be creative in coming up with solutions not costing millions of pesos that could greatly help the Philippine agriculture sector.
PUFF AP Odor Eliminator is the only odor eliminator made from food-grade enzymes. Most enzyme-based odor eliminators contain bacteria that produce the enzymes. Puff AP Odor Eliminator contains no live bacteria, just pure enzymes. Puff AP Odor Eliminator actually destroys odors using its powerful enzymes, usually with just one application. It eliminates odor such as foods, blood, vomit, feces, grease, dirt, grass, smoke, doesn't cover them up, Odors from the source. Non-toxic, non-flammable, non-acidic. It is safe to use around children and pets, on colors, and on all water-safe surfaces. Pleasant citronella scent contributes to the fresh smell of this product..Other enzyme-based odor eliminators are not food-grade and contain both the enzymes and the bacteria that produce them. The bacteria are "stressed" or starved to produce the enzymes. However, when the product is applied, the "stressed" bacteria get "fed." They then stop producing the enzymes and the product stops working. These other products often take repeated applications and up to two weeks to work.As long as it comes into direct contact with the odor source, Puff AP Odor Eliminator works immediately, meaning you don't have to wait for it to soak in and then dry. And because it breaks apart the molecular compounds causing the odors, it eliminates the odors permanently. Puff AP Odor Eliminator works on most pet stains, is completely safe for your pet, and works as a general purpose fabric and air freshener as well.
To give farmers access to low-cost but high-yielding corn seeds, Planters Products, Inc. (PPI) has entered into an agreement with Advanta Seeds, the fourth largest seed producer in the world. NSIC Certification had already been issued to four hybrid seed varieties, namely PA 555, PAC 999, PAC 224 and PAC 984.Advanta is one of the world's leading seed producers. It was established in 1996 as the seed firms: Royal Vanderhave Group, based in the Netherlands, and Zeneca Seeds, based in the United Kingdom.Because of the good results from the planting of the said hybrid corn seeds with a nongovernment (NGO) organization in Isabela, PPI will start trial in three more towns of that province: Reina Mercedes, Cabagan and San Pablo.PPI also has plans of venturing into hybrid rice seeds distribution, with eight varieties of hybrid rice being tested by the Philippine Rice Research Institute in Nueva Ecija."Once the initial testing will be completed, we will be seeing Planters Products participating more in the food security program of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo," said Ramon B. Santos, PPI President.The usual practice of usurious traders, who enjoy access to banks lending at 16% per annum, is to supply farm inputs to farmers at marked-up prices. The traders charge an additional 5 to 7% per month on the farm inputs for a total of 20 to 35% interest over a five-month cropping cycle.However, the farmers are required to sell all their harvests to the supplying trader, who in turn classify the good dry grains as skin dry which command a lower price. The traders then sell the misclassified grains to end-users at a higher price.Farmers who sell their harvest in whole or in part to other persons or entities are either charged with estafa or are no longer assisted by the traders in the next cropping cycle.The project aims to make participating farmers not dependent on usurious traders, and eventually make them capable and independent agribusiness entrepreneurs."It is high time that the unproductive ties between small farmers and usurious traders be broken, and this can only be done if farmers are transformed into capable businessmen in the agriculture sector," said Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman.
"Leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less"-Dr. John MaxwellLast April 1, 2011, Planters Products, Inc. held a leadership seminar titled "Next Level Leadership" with motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan.The seminar held during the company's monthly general assembly, provided employees a better insight on leadership in the workplace and how it is expected from every member of the organization. Mr. Pangilinan emphasized that everyone in the company, regardless of rank and position, lead others within our own sphere of influence and further how being "personal" and passionate about our work would lead to highly productive and fulfilling work and personal lives.The Next Level Leadership seminar was followed by a book signing with Mr. Pangilinan.
Planters Products Inc. (PPI) and the Philippine Integrated Crop Management Association (PICMA) have collaborated to make possible a Joint Product Stewardship Training Seminar which will be attended by PPI employees, members, and representatives of PICMA. PICMA is an organization, established in the year 1988, composed by 5 local manufacturers and distributors of Crop Protection Chemicals; namely, Top Agro Inc., Radisson, Access Agricare, Ramgo Seeds, and Planters Products Inc. The seminar will be held on January 11, 2011 at the Atrium Hotel in Pasay City, Metro Manila. The purpose of the seminar is to develop the awareness of PPI employees, and PICMA members on the regulations, policies, and guidelines in creating and following a Product Stewardship Program, and its importance as well. Topics will focus more on Product Stewardship during Formulation, Storage, Transport, and Distribution. Guest speakers invited to discuss these topics are known names of pioneers in the industry like Mr. Salvador Ferido, President of PICMA, Mr. Leonardo Roa of Radisson Agrochemicals, and Mr. Marcelino Lumaban of Planters Products. Moreover, policies and regulations implemented by the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), the regulatory body of the Department of Agriculture for Fertilizers and Pesticides, shall be discussed by guest speakers Ms. Aida V. Ordas, the Chief of PRSD, and Mr. Augusto L. Canlas, the Deputy Director of PRSD both from the FPA.Through the years, the Crop Protection Industry has been progressive in maintaining the balance between business and product stewardship. At the end of the seminar, PPI and PICMA aim to be more equipped and knowledgeable in coping up with the dynamic, fast progressing and globally competitive industry. Particularly on giving due importance on the effective and widespread campaign of best product methods for use, handling, transport, and development of environmentally safer chemicals and formulations, health risk management, and knowledge for both the industry players and the users or farmers.
“Improving Food Safety and Security in Livestock Production”Planters Environmental Solutions (PENSOL) exhibited in the Livestock Asia (Philippines) Conference held last December 8-10, 2011 at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City Manila. Livestock Asia 2011 marked the Philippines’ 1st International Livestock Nutrition, Health and Production, Meat Industry Expo and Conference. It was organized and managed by the United Business Media (UBM) and was hosted by Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). It was composed of the following International Expo, International Conference, Technical Symposium, Feed and Livestock Industry Awards and Business Networking.Hon. Secretary Proceso Alcala of Department of Agriculture graced the event together with Foreign exhibitors from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Thailand and United States. Delegates representing feed millers, farmers, veterinarians and processors and top industry experts shared their experiences and provided valuable insights on the latest issues and challenges confronting the livestock industry.Being one of the participating companies, PENSOL distributed freebies such as Eco Bags, PENSOL Mugs, Farmboy T-shirts, and NOBAC Livestock Brochures.The Livestock Asia 2011 served as the comprehensive showcase of the latest in technology, equipment and machinery as well as allied services. It provided investors with a definite outlook of the regional Agriculture & Livestock Industry and an opportunity to meet their prospective counterparts and business partners.
PLANTERS PRODUCTS, INC. (PPI) conquered its quality journey as the country's newest crop protection company to be ISO 9001:2008 certified (Quality Management System, QMS). At the company's General Assembly on August 7, PPI received from Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI) its much coveted ISO 9001:2008 Certificate for having complied with internationally accepted quality management system standards.The plan of getting "quality pesticides through its development, manufacture, and repacking" document for PPI was already enunciated by President and CEO Ramon B. Santos during the Business Planning last November 2008 and became a top priority project going into the 2009-2010 operations.The QMS organization was put in place. Under President and CEO Santos as Head of the Steering Committee were Ms. Ethyl Ruth V. Ramirez (Quality Management Representative or QMR), Mr. Rande T. Badana (Internal Quality Auditor), Ms. Nannette P. Lee (Document Control Custodian), and the Management Committee (Training Committee). Following months of orientation, information dissemination, planning-doing-checking-acting (PDCA) exercises and related activities, PPI successfully cleared the obstacles and ardently kept their focus on implementing it. Finally, the initial PPI Quality Policy and its aligned Corporate Quality Objectives rolled-out in January 5, 2009.Each member of the PPI family accepted the challenge and stepped-up to the rigors of certification, and the rest is history. CIPI gave the PPI QMS passing marks after the June 2009 documentary and July 2009 site visits, recommending certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.In mounting its QMS, the entire PPI community learned, and continues to learn, that a lot more needs to be done in the areas of customer/client satisfaction, compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements, continual improvement in quality crop protection products through service, training and research, developing/enhancing staff competency, and ensuring a safe work environment. In the end, PPI did not only get ISO 9001-certified, it earned the latest 2008 version.
A training-seminar on the principles of Good Housekeeping was conducted by productivity experts from the Center for Industrial Competitiveness of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the employees of Planters Products. The training was held on November 27 and December 3, 2008 in PPI-Makati while a separate training was conducted for Laguna-based employees on January 15, 2009.5S is a productivity concept originating from Japanese manufacturing companies which aims to increase productivity by minimizing unnecessary costs and simplifying work processes. 5S is a systematized approach to organizing work areas through a set of standards based on the above concepts.Workplace organization is the physical arrangement of both individual and common spaces where unnecessary things are disposed and everything is in its designated places. Work simplification, on the other hand, is the elimination of redundant steps in office systems and processes.5S stands for: 1) Seiri or Sort; 2) Seiton or Systematize; 3) Seiso or Sweep and Shine; 4) Seiketsu or Standardize, and; 5) Shitsuke or Sustain and Self-discipline.The training necessitated the formation of a 5S Steering Committee with representatives from the different Departments. The 5S Steering Committee is responsible for setting standards and the creation of guidelines for implementing Good Housekeeping practices.A series of Audits are being conducted to see if the standards are adhered to and met by all employees and activities are being developed to maintain the enthusiasm of people towards 5S and in upholding productivity standards in the workplace.Committed to professional excellence, the Company shall utilize 5S and other productivity tools to achieve world-class management and to provide total customer satisfaction. Through 5S, it is highly expected that employees, Departments and the Company will be able to increase productivity levels, reduce costs, and cultivate an environment of efficiency and effectiveness.
With the thrust of Planters Products, Inc. to provide superior customer service to go with the quality products it offers, a Commercial-Technical Training was initiated by the Marketing Section for the Customer Support personnel and ably assisted by the Research and Development Section. One of the goals of the training was to update the technical know-how of all field men on latest crop management techniques. Two training programs were conducted separately, one for the Luzon and another for Visayas-Mindanao Sales Districts. Attendees during the trainings included the Customer Support Supervisors, Customer Support Representatives, and Field Specialists.The training for Luzon Sales Districts was conducted in the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Munoz, Nueva Ecija on April 21 and 22, 2009. The University President, Dr. Ruben Sevilleja, personally welcomed the group and shared his insights on the importance of being technically equipped in the production of high value crops in this time of global financial crisis. With him were specialists in the field of agriculture, Professor Marilyn Patricio and Professor Aurea Roxas. They gave talks on Integrated Pest Management for Rice, Vegetables, Mango and Corn. Field visits on the crop production areas maintained by the University served part of the workshop for the trainees.The training for the Vis-Min Sales Districts was held at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on April 28 and 29, 2009. Over nine (9) professors from the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato shared their expertise on the identification of insect pests, fungal diseases and their management. Key crops presented were rice, mango, corn and vegetables. The professors provided extensive knowledge of scientific concepts coupled with their personal experiences in farming.It was also the goal of the training program to set management directions for the fiscal year starting May 2009. During the Commercial Training proper, the Marketing Section, led by Mr. Nestor D. Tuason, Jr., provided an overview of the new fiscal year's plans and goals. He presented the product-on-ground movement as the ultimate focus of marketing activities and as one of the measures of sales and employee performance. Marketing Supervisor, Mr. Mark B. Costes and the Brand Associates presented the specific marketing activities and the materials to support the Push Brand.The training programs were concluded with the awarding of certificates for the participants. The President and CEO Mr. Ramon B. Santos initiated a simple bonding time for the participants to enjoy. Different games intended to boost camaraderie among sales areas were facilitated.The Commercial-Technical Training equipped the sales people with new knowledge and techniques for their work of guiding farmers, foster teamwork within and among sales areas and enhance their motivation for the fiscal year 2009-2010.
A promising partnership between Planters Products and an Australia-based member of the Advanta Group of Companies, Pacific Seeds, is being forged by Mr. Ramon B. Santos and David Callachor, President and General Manager of Planters Products and Pacific Seeds, respectively.Pacific Seeds is a leading worldwide developer and manufacturer of high yielding, and quality hybrid seeds through its extensive plant facilities, and a wide-range of seed technology solutions. Planters Products Inc. is keen on exploring opportunities in the agri-business industry from the manufacture and distribution of crop protection products, to the distribution and marketing of hybrid seeds.The company relies on a network of marketing channels nationwide for the distribution and marketing of hybrid seeds. At present, three (3) hybrid corn varieties are already accredited by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) for local planting and distribution. Additional eight (8) hybrid rice varieties are currently on-going field trials and are expected to pass said testing.