One of the projects by the Mama Sita Foundation is in Dingalan, Aurora. Dingalan can be considered the gateway to Central Luzon from the Pacific Ocean across the Sierra Madre Mountains. It is located at the eastern end of the government’s Urban Beltway Project running from Subic Freeport through Clark Freeport to Dingalan Port.
Dingalan’s pristine location makes it suitable for sustainable agriculture. The Foundation maintains nursery/demonstration farms in several sitios. Appropriate practices for sustainable farming are developed and adopted. The objective is to provide alternative livelihood to former loggers and their families. Eventual processing of the agriculture produce will provide more jobs to more Filipinos.
Crops indigenous to tropical Philippines, like guava, tamarind, cashew and other tropical fruit trees, are planted at logged-over upland areas. As a secondary crop, black pepper is planted. Black pepper has long been taken for granted. It must be remembered that the Philippine Islands were part of the coveted “Spice Islands.”
Mama Sita Foundation Vision: To assist in the upliftment of economic situation of Filipino family enterprises.
Objective of the Project: To help farmers improve their livelihood and to be able to support family's needs.
Location: Dingalan, Aurora, Quezon
Date of Activation: 1990 - present