With years of knowledge and experience in tuba production, the coco sap harvesters, “manananggots” or “mananggitis”,of Dalaguete are masters in the art of tuba-making. In addition to their natural agility, skills, expertise, and passion, their art has become not only a part of the town’s cultural heritage, but also a vital source of livelihood.

However, this livelihood is not without its risks and challenges as the mananggitis climb barefoot in dangerous heights even in adverse weather conditions. Another harsh reality facing our beloved mananggitis is the lower than average income that they earn from their daily endeavors. These beloved community members are at a great social and economic disadvantage as there are no laws or ordinances, to their awareness, for their physical protection or financial promotion.

In its endeavors to fulfill its duties and responsibilities as public servants and stewards, the Municipal Agriculture & Natural Resources Office (MANRO) of the Local Government Unit of Dalaguete, in collaboration with national agencies namely, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has organized the “1st Dalaguete Mananggiti Congress” for the purpose of sharing information on current programs, incentives, and initiatives for coconut farmers and laborers, and to explore current technologies, innovations, and interventions for the benefit of local mananggitis.

Thanks to this activity, local mananggitis were able to learn of the many benefits and incentives that they could avail of and benefit from upon successful registration to the National Coconut Farmers Registry System (NCFRS)and the Registry System for the Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). This initiative has provided local mananggitis with the ideal platform with which to be able to gain much needed information and access to government incentives.

The Congress took place on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the Dalaguete Sports & Cultural Center, Brgy. Poblacion, Dalaguete, Cebu and was graced by the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Ronald Allan G. Cesante, CPA, who gave the Inspirational Message and passionately engaged with the local mananggitis in order to glean and address their concerns and challenges. Municipal Vice Mayor, Hon. William O. Lagahid, and SB Members, Hon. Felix G. Villacorta, and SKF President, Hon. Danilo Sumbilon, Jr., were also present in the event.

Onwards and upwards, #DalagueteRising!