Senator Villar Wants Davao City To Be The Cacao and Chocolate Capital Of The Philippines

The senator highlights Malagos Chocolate and Auro Chocolate which both were recognized in international awards.

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Senator Cynthia Villar, the current chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, approved Senate Bill No. 1741 which proposes Davao City to be recognized as the "Cacao and Chocolate Capital" of the Philippines.

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According to Manila Bulletin, Villar approved the bill last October 5, Monday. She says the bill aims to "to garner additional government support not only to maintain, promote, and protect the country's cacao industry but most importantly, to ensure its sustainability for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders.

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"The Philippines, and specifically Davao, is right in the cacao sweet spot. The island nation is so well situated that it is possible to grow all three major types of cacao varieties such as Criollo, Forester, and Trinitario."

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Villar mentioned different local chocolate brands like Davao's Malagos Chocolate and Auro Chocolate which were both recognized in prestigious international awards. Malagos Chocolate was included in Cocoa Excellence Programme's "Best 50 Beans in the World," while Auro Chocolate was the first Philippine brand to be included in the Top 20 Best Cacao Beans Awards in the International Cocoa Awards.

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According to a report done by the Department of Agriculture, the country can currently produce 8,500 metric tons, and the 6,704 metric tons come from the Davao region alone. The senator says that the country's cacao production still has to meet the local demand of 50,000 metric tons. To meet the local demand, the country imports cacao from other countries. 

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Villar cited a study by Euromonitor that reports that the cocoa sector is expected to grow in the food and beverage industry. She added that Asia is expected to become the second-largest consumer market for cacao-based ingredients in the world, second to Western Europe.

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