It may not bring in tourists but it will generate interest to health conscious and responsible consumers no matter where they are and disciplined to a consistent healthy lifestyle.
In Santa Monica, a sleepy seaside town located in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, a people’s organization (PO) called Barangay Tangbo Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (TAFFA) initiated the raising of what is commonly called free range chickens to help expand the opportunity of economic reach other than the usual produce but also an option to a better and healthy consumption for themselves and the locality.
They have learned the positive benefits instead of conforming to the urban-based addiction on fast food types that caused alarm to many, after several scientific medical studies.
Why the term “happy chickens?” Because they are not cruelly caged and suffocating from oppressive space like living dead, overly feed with chemicals and fertilizers that can lead to ailments like cancer.
These chickens are happily free to roam around their territory, never miserable, and bathed in positive vibes from nature that when eaten derives good energy to the person. This is one ancient Oriental belief put to heart by progressive spiritual, health and fitness sectors around the world.
Native chicken or “manok Bisaya” known to the locals, makes the best soup-the Tinolang manok and this should encourage everyone vacationing Siargao, perhaps after they have enough of fish and wants to balance their diet.
Since the farm, owned by a member is not a rigid business venture, it is content to dispose what is ready at the right time. Buyers are walk-in consumers from the town and outside.
Greggo Uriarte, project manager of Surigao Economic Development and Microfinance Foundation, Inc (SEDMFI), a local support organization, sees this as a novel and inspiring venture of hardworking and resourceful barrio folk making a difference to improve their lives.
“They are an example and asset of how a humble island life (far from too much commercialization) can be productive too,” Uriarte said.
Photo courtesy of Dexter Morilla