Ato Belen’s Farm is in Barangay San Juan, San Pablo City, Laguna.  It started in 1987 with an initial capital of Php 700.00.  With sheer hardwork and exceptional diligence, Ma Ato was able to grow his farm from a 200 square meter lot to 2.3 hectares of land, and continued to expand years hence.  To date, the farm covers more than 15 hectares, which are planted with 2,000+ trees each of Rambutan, Lanzones, Durian, and Papaya.  The farm is also lined up with 800 Aromatic Coconuts. To maximize productivity, these high-value crops are intercropped with vegetables and condiments such as Black Pepper from India.

Ma Ato has an innate desire to protect Mother Nature. After typhoon ‘Milenyo’, he shifted to the natural or sustainable way of farming. His land is fertilized with animal manure from his piggery and poultry, treated with LactoBac LAS-1, effective microorganisms that are also cultured in the farm.  Other sustainable techniques utilized in the farm are vermicomposting, vermiculture, and fish emulsion application. We are proud to say that organic farming not only lessened our operational cost but it boosted the quality of our farm produce even more.

People from all walks of life have flocked to the farm due to the quality of its planting materials and the fruits of its trees. There are also vegetables such as lettuce, eggplant, okra, tomato, bell pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, sitao, patola, upo, etc., planted to seed beds made with organic compost.  Apart from the high quality of farm inputs, visitors come to learn about farming techniques that not only lessens cost, but also increases the quality of produce. On top of that, these are sustainable and are not harmful to the environment. The farm has also welcomed agriculture students from various universities in Northern Philippines down to the South where Ato Belen’s Farm had been subject of their theses and special problems.

Ato Belen’s Farm had its share of multimedia exposure – in ABS-CBN’s ‘Rated K‘ of Ms. Korina Sanchez, ‘Ating Alamin’ of Ka Gerry Geronimo, IBC 13’s ‘Maunlad na Agrikultura,’ DZMM TeleRadyo’s ‘Sa Kabukiran’ of Ka Louie Tabing, TV5 Aksyon TV Channel 41′s travel-gadget show ‘TEKNOTRIP,’ Voices from the Forest (print and online publication for South and Southeast Asia), MARID AgriBusiness Digest, Philippine Panorama Magazine, Manila Bulletin, and in local publications and cable TV shows. It was May 2007 when Mr. Renato Belen and his lowland Cauliflower which produced big heads, were featured in the cover story of Agriculture Magazine.

Ma Ato has been given successive and multiple distinctions like the Gawad Saka Award for PINAKAPAPAYA, Public Service Achiever in Farming by The Philippine Councilors League, Outstanding Smallholders Gintong Ani Award for High-Value Commercial Crops, Agri-Aqua Network, Inc.’s Partners’ Tribute for Commercial Propagation of Fruit-Bearing Trees, One of Ten Outstanding San Pableños for his contributions in Agriculture and most recently, was acknowledged as Farmer-Scientist for Organic Vegetable Farming by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture in Laguna – making Ma Ato a prime resource in demonstrating, experimenting, and promoting technologies in agriculture and natural resources. He continues to attend seminars – as either a participant or as resource speaker, in order to hone his skills further in farming. ■



November 18, 2015 — ABF hosted the visit of Farmers and Staff from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture today. The visit was part of the customized Training on Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, implemented by the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The delegates were particularly interested in fruit and forest tree planting material propagation techniques but were also briefed on the ecosystem of enablers where some initiatives are still primarily private-sector driven. ABF also shared some CSR projects which our guests, who are currently running programs for women empowerment, admired.

Pleased to hear that they learned a lot from the visit. They wished us all the best as we bid them farewell before moving on to their next destination.

Before ABF, the group also visited Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s Organic Farm in Silang, Cavite.


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November 12, 2015Pocket Training on Integrated and Diversified Farming delivered to Central Luzon 4H Club members this morning.

Today’s agriculture needs to be integrated and diversified to provide more economic justice, livelihood opportunities and ensure brighter futures for Filipino Farmers.

Thanks to ATI 3 for giving us this platform. It is our duty to get the word out by engaging young Farmers to be inclusive. Kudos to our young who hold the future in their hands.

I hope you guys learned a little something from us today. See you again soon!


October 27, 2015: Mr Ato Belen, with the owners of Escaba Food Products, this year’s Regional Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur and our beloved AEWs from the City Agriculture Office of San Pablo, Armie and Cynthia

September 30, 2015: This year’s Regional Outstanding Organic Farming Family with officials from Regional Field Unit IVA

October 29, 2015: Belen Family with officials of Department of Agriculture – Region IVA and the Provincial Government of Laguna

Bilang isang pamilya na nagsikap, namuhay at naging sandigan ang agriculture upang siguruhin ang kapakanan ng bawat miyembro nito, natural lamang na ang aming pagtingin sa hinaharap ay di lilihis sa industriya ng pagsasaka na halos tatlong dekada na din naming minamahal at pinagbubunga.

This year, sa kabila ng mga ilang pagsubok mula pa noong isang taon matapos ang Bagyong Glenda, ay patuloy pa din ang aming pagsisikap na palawakin ang operasyon ng aming payak na farm.

Lubos ang aming galak nang mahirang ang aming pamilya bilang Provincial at Regional Outstanding Farm Family sa Gawad Saka at National Organic Agriculture Achievers Awards na iginagawad taun-taon.

Bagaman hindi pa tapos ang laban, nais na naming ipaabot ang lubos na pasasalamat sa Diyos na siyang naging sentro ng aming lakas at pag-asa.

Nais din naming ipahatid ang pasasalamat sa lahat ng aming nakasalamuha mula noong 1987 nang ang Ato Belen’s Farm ay itatag hanggang sa kasalukuyan kung kailan patuloy pa din ang aming pagsisikap na matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga kababayan na may interes sa pagsasaka.

Maraming salamat sa Department of Agriculture, sampu ng mga ahensiya nito, para sa walang humpay na pagsuporta sa aming mga programa at sa aming mga kapwa magsasaka na aming inspirasyon upang lalo pang mapagbuti ang aming mga produkto at serbisyo.

Ang larangan ng agrikultura ay patuloy na umiimbulog at paunti-unti ay masasabi natin na sa mga darating na panahon, ang pagiging magsasaka ay magiging isang kaaya-aya nang propesyon. Patuloy ang ating paghimok sa mga kabataan na bigyan ng mas malapit na pagtingin ang industriyang ito, kasabay ng pagbibigay ng magandang ehemplo sa pamamagitan ng pagbubukas ng ating mga farms para sa kanilang pagsasaliksik at pag-aaral.

Maganda ang ating hangarin pero hindi natin ito kayang gawin sa isang pikit mata. Sana buksan natin ang ating mga mata at paganahin ang ating mga isip upang sa halip na tayo ay manatiling nakatanghod lamang ay tayo mismo ang kikilos sa abot ng ating makakaya para may marating ang bayang ito.

Asahan niyo na sa mga darating na panahon ay mananatili niyong kasangga ang Ato Belen’s Farm at ang aming pamilya, sa hirap man o sa ginhawa. Wala po kami sa aming kinalalagyan kung hindi dahil sa inyo.

Mabuhay po tayong lahat!

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Farmers Field School on Organic Agriculture and Organikong Gulayan sa Paaralan in Private Schools of the Municipality of Sto. Tomas, Batangas

October 30, 2015 — Farmers and Private School Teachers from Sto. Tomas, Batangas, accompanied by staff from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, visited ABF today.

Happy to learn that a lot of them will come back to the farm with their families to learn more about organic farming.



October 22, 2015 — Today, ABF welcomed guests from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Bangladesh.

Mabuhay! Joint Chief and Project Director Madame Dilruba Yasmin, Assistant Chief Mr. Mohammad Maruf and Deputy Secretary Ms. KFM Jesmeen Akhter. They were joined by the Deputy Chief of Bangladesh Planning Commission Madame Ishrat Jahan Taslim and Topica EdTech Philippines, Inc. Deputy Manager Ms. Milet Almoite.

Also in photo is CALABARZON Regional Technical Director and Organic Agriculture Focal Person Madame Brigida G. Mercado who also visited us today.

To our Bangladeshi guests, thank you for spending the morning with us and for the embroidered artwork. We will definitely find a place for this in our new office. See us again soon!