Nine (9) members of people’s organization from Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park attended a 3-day training on native honeybee culture at Milea Bee Farm in San Jose, Batangas City on April 20-21, 2017. The objective of the training is to teach forest-dependent Mangyans the modern techniques of honeybee culture to avoid extraction of honey from the forest which would result to total depletion of honey, which is a non-timber forest product. The training provided alternative ways of producing honey as additional source of income for their households.

Three (3) representatives each from Nagkakaisang Tribong Tau-Buid para sa Kalikasan (NTTPK), Mamamayang Kabalikat sa Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan (MAKAPAKA) at Pangkalikasang Samahang Buhid ng Bato-singit (PSBB) was trained by Mr. Rico Omoyon, owner of Milea Bee Farm.

Introduction and basic concepts on the 1) importance and key role of bees in the ecosystem, 2) their types and tasks, 3) colony management and 4) feeding of honeybees were the main focus of the lectures and discussions on the first day. The representatives participated in the actual demonstration of techniques to extract honey from the hives, construction of hives from plywood and how to trap wild honeybees.  Mr. Omoyon also toured the participants around his farm and showed which flowers and plants bloom year-round that can support the food demand of honeybees.