More research urged to improve Kalinga coffee

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is urging researchers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to pursue more intensively  studies on Kalinga coffee in order to further improve the product, which has started to make a name in the market.

DOST-Cordillera Regional Director Victor Mariano, in his talk during a lecture series in Tabuk City, Kalinga that ended on Friday, explained the effect of research applications on Kalinga coffee, which is now widely sold and has been properly packed for public consumption.

Kalinga coffee is abundant in the province originally just growing in the forests and even along the riverbanks and creeks due to Kalinga’s varied elevations.

At present, the province is known to produce the four coffee varieties – Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa, and Liberia. With the help of government agencies working together, Kalinga’s coffee industry can achieve a wider market locally and internationally.

Daisy Dasayon, Community Environment and Natural Resources officer (CENRO) in Pinukpuk, said the lecture of the DOST-CAR in partnership with the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST-PH) was attended by government agency officials and representatives from the academe and local government units.

The activity urged scientists, academicians, and other sectors to conduct researches to promote and improve the Kalinga coffee product.

Alcala, according to Dasayon, said that in monitoring the area being studied, he worked with the community aside from conducting information, education and communication campaigns.

Dasayon said various topics were discussed including on Rafflesia, known for producing the largest individual flower on earth, and found in southeastern Asia, in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Rafflesia also found at the Balbalasang–Balbalan National Park in Kalinga could also be a subject of study by continuously monitoring its stages of development.

Other speakers presented researches done in the conservation and production of resources and for climate change mitigation, to allow the participants to get an idea on what studies and researches can be done in the province.