Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (left) holds a bottle of 'Manille de Calamansi' — a liqueur made from calamansi rind — soon to be launched in the country by Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. (DLCI). It will source calamansi rinds from farmer-members of Tugdaan Mangyan Center for Learning and Development (TMCLD), in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. The two groups forged an initial three-year marketing agreement, on August 30, 2013, at the DA central office in Quezon City. The DA through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) ‘matched’ the DLCI and TMCLD during a recent agri food and trade fair, said DA-AMAS Director Leandro Gazmin. Secretary Alcala said the DA will provide TMCLD with additional chest freezers and weighing scales to enhance their operations, whose main products include calamansi juice concentrate. Also shown (from left) are DLCI President Olivia Limpe-Aw, TMCLD Administrator Ligaya Lintawagin, TMCLD founder and adviser Benjamin Abadiano, and DA Region 4-B Director Cipriano Santiago. (Photo by Kathrino Resurreccion, DA-Information Service)

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