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KALAHI CIDSS 2016 Culture and Development of coffee trees and pasil’s coffee culture Jasmin P. Kiaso with Joan Banag Barangay Pugong became an example of a community who did not only target infrastructure development but have considered other factors such as environmental and cultural conservation. KALAHISerye 2016|| 5

T he municipality of Pasil is known for their coffee production aside from heirloom rice prodcution, both of which are in demand in the local and national market. Since it is a coffee producing town, a visitor would get more than enough of coffee as every house have their thermos-filled coffee always ready. As a sign of their hospitality, they would always serve coffee which they harvested from their own backyard, and roasted and brewed at their homes. A visitor is expected to drink the coffee being served as sign of accepting their generosity and friendliness. No one can question the people’s love for coffee in this town as this is deeply rooted in their culture. In Barangay Pugong, the construction of the access road under the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS) did not mean cutting the coffee trees and other trees along the sub-project site. This was fully protected by the community as they worked on the project. Instead of using heavy equipment, the community opted to manually excavate and haul the soil even if it meant harder and longer work. “We wanted to protect and lessen the damages to the coffee trees and other trees which might be harmed during the excavation,” Peter Diwayan, a Community Volunteer and Barangay Kagawad said in vernacular. He claimed that their coffee produce is decreasing each year thus they have to take care of the productive coffee trees. A coffee tree would take three to five years to mature and bear fruit. “Bumasbassit tadta ti apit isunga kasapulan mi met lang nga agreserve ti pangmaysa nga tawen koma (our KALAHISerye 2016|| 6 page 05 KALAHISerye 2016

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