Our Farm Republic Welcomes DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega

Our Farm Republic is honored and humbled to have welcomed our new Department of Tourism Regional Director Jeff Ortega recently during his two-day tour of farm tourism sites across Pangasinan. We had the full support of our beloved Agricultural Training Institute RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista and TESDA-Pangasinan Acting Provincial Director Rosa Untalan who joined us in welcoming RD Ortega to Our Farm Republic. Also present was our ever -supportive Pangasinan Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office head Malu Amor- Elduayan.

With (L-R) TESDA Pangasinan Acting Provincial Director Rosa P. Untalan and ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista
With ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista, TESDA-Pangasinan Provincial Director Rosa Untalan, TESDA Pangasinan UTPRAS Focal Menchie Lopez, and TESDA-PSAT’s Gerry Amansec
ATI-RTC1 Director Rogelio Evangelista and Pangasinan Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office Head Malu Amor-Elduayan welcome Department of Tourism Regional Director Jeff Ortega in Our Farm Republic
Quick meeting about the direction of farm tourism in Region 1

We gave RD Ortega the grand tour of Our Farm Republic so he’d get a feel of what our guests experience when coming to the farm.

The Our Farm Republic farm tour starts near our fish/filter pond
Our Farm Republic is a DOT-accredited Farm Tourism Site
Our guests go through our Hall of Fame, where all our awards and training certificates are proudly displayed. In Our Farm Republic, we value continuous skills development and learning and emphasize this among our team by allowing and encouraging them to participate in as many trainings, seminars, and workshops that our schedules permit. We are very grateful to all the government and private institutions that provide these free trainings that help us improve and learn more.
DOT Regional Director Ortega gets a brief overview of the ways in which we produce our own biopesticides and biofertilizers to use in our farm.
The tour continues through our garden area. Here, under a clump of green wax apples (makopa), DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega gestures toward the plump and juicy fruits just waiting to be harvested.
We encourage our guests to use their senses while going through our garden. Here, DOT Regional Director Ortega gets a taste of this season’s cherry tomato harvest.
“To your right is our row of cherry tomatoes just waiting to be picked by our guests…”
“To your left is our practical work area where we do most of our sowing, transplanting, and potting…”
DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega meets our resident pet piglet, Siopao.
PTCAO Head Malu Amor Elduayan takes a selfie with DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega and staff in our Gratitude Path.
DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega takes the time to smell our herbs in our Herbolarium.
DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega takes a moment to pose with members of Team OFR.
Before leaving, DOT Regional Director Jeff Ortega thanks Team OFR, especially our resident chef, Ate Marge, for the wonderful meal she prepared for our guests

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!

 

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