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Lady solon, Tanauan exec visit farm of incoming Leyte investor

Tacloban City (28 August) -- Congresswoman Remedios L. Petilla, the undefatigable representative of the first district of Leyte and the local government officials of Tanauan, Leyte, took advantaged of the long weekend (August 21 being a holiday) to visit the farms of an incoming investor in the province of Leyte.

As announced by Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla during his State of the Province Address, Andoks which has a chain of food centers all over the country will soon come to Leyte to bring in new investment. In fact, it has already identified its location and is ready to start construction of its big food center at the LAC Center.


Congresswoman Petilla arranged for the group to go to Lipa City in Batangas and see and taste the delicious food served at the Andoks Food Center which is located just in front of the miraculous Guadalupe Church. Andoks used to be known for its Andoks Chicken and Grilled Liempo. Today, it has widened the choices which includes crispy pata, daing na bangus, nilagang baka, inihaw na tawilis and many other recipes because it has become a restaurant and a souvenir center.


From Lipa City, the group aboard the brand new van of the owner of Andok and another van of Governor Petilla proceeded to the first farm in Rosario, Batangas - the bellpepper farm where the group saw lusciously big green and red bell peppers hanging on an upright bell pepper plants. Looking at the endless straight plots of all uprightly standing bell pepper plants makes one wonder how with the many fruits hanging on them.


Amor, the Andoks assistant who came with the group from Manila explained that the farm used to be a farm for roses but the owner decided to grow bell peppers instead which the company supplies to the resort owners as far as Boracay.


Adjacent to the bell peppers are the green houses for various varieties of orchids which Amor said is delivered to flower shops in Metro Manila.


Travelling to another farm still owned by Andoks, the group saw the large poultries for layers and the eggs are delivered by vans to regular customers. Within the same farm, Congressman Petilla saw the reason why the owner of Andoks promised to give her as many palm trees as she needs to beautify her park projects. Rows of palm trees in different varieties occupy hectares and hectares of land. From the champaign palm trees which are supposed to be the most expensive variety, to the foxtails and the royal palm trees which are the variety of palm trees which line Beverly Hills in California , they are all available. Before the group left the farm, Congressman Petilla has made up her mind what variety will be planted in Leyte.

The group thought that was all but after a short trip to another farm, they were awed by the beauty of the owner's rest house fronting a man-made waterfalls. The group had to ride in three trams to go around the farm. There was the ranch with horses, many of them. But wonder of wonders, a beautiful bungalow houses the race horses guarded by blue guards. The owner through the cell phone, instructed one of the horses to be brought out and seen by the group. No wonder they are being guarded-each horse would cost no less than one million pesos?

The tour to the scenic farm brought the group to the vermicast factory where all the trash in the farm is pulverized mixed with earthworms which the group learned imported from Australia, sawdust and manure and voila! That is how Andoks Farm develops organic fertilizer which is used in all its farms and which is sold under the label Wonder Worm Soil Enhancer, all natural organic fertilizer.

Congresswoman Petilla arranged for some staff of the province of Leyte to train in the vermicast production. In the meantime, she has decided to make the high grade vegetables and fruits being planted in the nursery and training centers in the first district of Leyte to be certified organic products. This can be realized with her purchase of Wonder Worms soil enhancer. She really works fast.

After a sumptuous lunch at the old Resthouse of Andoks owner, the group left for another productive endeavor. What a productive way of spending a holiday -the Congresswoman Matin Petilla way.

By the way, the Andoks owner is more handsome brother of Danny and George Javier-Mr. Sonny Javier. The Javier family hails from the province of Leyte, but this will be another story. (PIA 8) [top]

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