As concurrent Secretary of Agriculture, President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. (a.k.a. PBBM), called the Food Processing Firms to discuss his primary production on food security in Malacanang recently.

One of those who responded was the Chen Yi Agventure (CYA), founded by Patrick Ranucci and Rachel Tan. Also, present was Private Sector Advisory Council.

CYA, located in the 3rd class municipality of Alangalang town, impressed PBBM when the founders said that the CYA is a “business that specializes in sustainable investing and rice processing technology, to explore strategies for achieving national food security. Agventure responds to PBBM’s call to all food processors “to support the agriculture industry and its workers.”

The couple Ranucci and Tan are non-Leytenos, but developed a soft heart to the Warays after leaving their high paying jobs in Europe, in favor of helping the town and province stand on their feet after the destruction suffered from the Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 8, 2013. Incidentally, I have written about the couple and how they have considered Alangalang as their adoptive town.

Ranucci and Tan describe CYA and its “rice processing center as the most technologically advanced in Southeast Asia.” Incidentally, Leyte was the fifth largest rice producing province before the onslaught of Yolanda.

A hats off for Patrick Ranucci and Rachel Tan for bringing and implanting their passion in rice farming in Alangalang, Leyte – the couple are living proofs that for the Philippines, an agricultural country, and for its quest to to strengthen its economy must continue to develop and improve its pre- and post- agriculture technologies for food security and improve its revenue through high agri-produce.

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