September 09 2022
Staying true to GMA Network's commitment to public service, the GMA-7 Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GEMPC) and Agripreneur Harvest Love (AHL) team up to help the local farmers in selling their produce.
GEMPC is an organization that provides excellent financial products and relevant services to improve the economic and social well-being of its members and employees.
Meanwhile, AHL is an offshoot of the GMA weekend program ‘Agripreneur’ that features everything about agriculture. AHL is a social enterprise that supports farmers and allows them to earn decent incomes in a more sustainable manner.
Through this collaboration, local farmers get to sell their fruits, vegetables, and other products in the GEMPC grocery. AHL also assists small businesses that sell honey, peanut butter, tablea, coffee, salabat, gourmet tuyo and bagoong, among others. In return, consumers are guaranteed to have clean, safe, and affordable food.
?GEMPC Chairperson Jose Vernon Jacela shares their plan to further expand this partnership to the Coop members in GMA regional stations, “We believe that the future of our country is in agriculture. The partnership between GEMPC and AHL is more on enabling our local farmers to directly bring their fresh, healthy, and nutritious produce to the tables of our Kapuso and their families through our Coop.”
Agriprenuer, hosted by award-winning journalist Jiggy Manicad, tackles not only the inspiring stories of agripreneurs but also the latest technology and modern ways of farming, poultry raising, livestock, fishing, and food production. Most importantly, it reflects the importance of agriculture and how Filipinos can earn from this rich industry.
Jiggy reiterates that this show fulfills his passion to serve the people especially the farmers which he himself covered when he was still a reporter, "Now, everybody has a chance to help the farmers through Agripreneur Harvest Love by patronizing their produce at prices these farmers are happy with. I believe that this is what being a true blue Kapuso is—a servant for life. A true service to God, country and fellow Filipinos.”
In 2021, Agripreneur won the ‘Best Agriculture Television Program’ in the Bright Leaf Journalism Awards for its 'Arms to Farms' feature, a story about former militant fighters who turned as successful farmers/entrepreneurs or simply called agripreneurs in Lanao del Norte.
Agripreneur airs every Saturday at 5:30 a.m. on GMA-7.