30 Years of Balangon Trading: 1989- 2019
Start of Balangon Trading. Balangon was introduced to the members of Green Coop Union in Fukuoka, Japan through the initiative of Mr. Masaji Kaneshige. Initial source was in the foothill mountain villages around Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Occidental.
Typhoon Ruping, October 1990 devastated Negros Balangon communities.
Lakatan sourced in Mindoro was subsitute for Balangon.
Balangon recovered in La Granja in Central Negros. Export resumed from 17 Kanlaon foothill villages. Cavite Balangon started as buffer source.
Banana Buchy Top virus disease was first reported in La Granja.
NCPD with JCNC launched FYDP (Five Year Development Plan) in La Granja Balangon communities.
Start of Balangon from Iloilo through Panay Fruits Trading Corporation (PFTC). Current p2p trade partners in is Partners for Rural Upliftment and Sustainable Farming, Inc (PARTNERS)
BBTV spread all over La Granja sources in Negros.
Start of Bohol bananas through People's Fair Trade Assiatance Center (PFTAC) started.
Volume dropped due to series of typhoons and spread of BBTV in Negros Balangon communities
Massive selling of farms when land prices skyrocketted resulting to sudden dwindling of Cavite Balangon volume, due to land conversion of agriculture to industrial zones in CALABARZON.
Northern Luzon was explored in late 1996.
Northern Luzon Balangon was exported as buffer.
ATC trucks were burned by communist arm groups in Silay and Talisay, Negros Occidental. ATC operations closed for 8 weeks.
Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) was conducted in the 5 towns supplying Balangon in Northern Luzon.
CORDEV (Center for Organic Farming and Integrated Rural Development) started organizing NL Balangon growers. Became cooperative in 2010 and was renamed as Cooperative for Rural Development. CORDEV stopped operating in 2016.
BRP (Balangon Renewal Program) was launched in Negros, Tupi and Northern Luzon.
Tupi Balangon exported through MOVE (Mindanao Organic Venture Enterprises). MOVE was a collective project of ATJ, ATC, Farm Coop & FEDCO. MOVE was dissolved in 2006.
ATJ's project Balangon Balangon production experiment in Tasiman in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
TUBAGA (Tupi Balangon-Bulungan Growers Association) managed Tupi Balangon when MOVE was dissolved.
ATC truck was burned by communist armed group in Toboso, Negros Occidental.
Northern Mindanao balangon started
Balangon export of Lake Sebu bananas through Allah ValleyDevelopment Foundation Inc (AVDFI) and Upper Allah Valley Farmers Inc (UAVFI)
Strong Negros earthquake 6.9 magnitude. Alter Trade Corporation (ATC) focused its relief missions in two worse affected villages: Brgy. Humay-humay and Brgy. Planas in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.
Strong Bohol earhquake at 7.2 magnitude in October 15. Relief mission and assistance by foreign donors were facilitated by Alter Trade Corporation (ATC) to Bohol Balangon growers.
Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Philippines on November 13. Greatly affected were Eastern and Western Visayas. Relief missions and assistance by foreign donors were faciliatated by Alter Trade Corporation (ATC) in Western Visayas (Sagay and Panay).
Rehabilitation efforts in Panay areas in North Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, San Dionesio) with PARTNERS .
Start of Makilala bananas through Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development, Inc. (DBFSD) in North Cotabato
Far North packing center was established.
Trial shipments of Balangon bananas to Korea through Alternative People's Network (APNET), presently People's Fair Trade Cooperative (PTCoop).
Balangon Operation was transferred from Alter Trade Corporation (ATC) to Altertrade Philippines, Inc (ATPI).
Alternative People's Network (APNET), presently People's Fair Trade Cooperative (PTCoop) became a regular market of Balangon banana in Korea.
Start of Balangon Volume Stabilization Program (BVSP), a joint initiative of Altertrade Philippines, Inc (ATPI) and Alter Trade Japan (ATJ) in Tupi and Lake Sebu.
Panay and Northern Mindanao Balangon operations fully-operated by PARTNERS and DOSE (Development Options and Social Entrepreneurship, Inc) respectively.