PAG-ASA SA PAGLAYA FARM
CENTER FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE ADVOCACY

Pag-asa sa Paglaya Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PSPMPC) acquired a nationwide status under Cooperative Development Authority Registration Number CRAH-622-4009-3010 granted last September 1, 2005.

Winner, World Bank's 2003 Panibagong Paraan Innovative Marketplace


Facts and Figures
  • Pag-asa Paglaya means Hope in Freedom.
  • Pag-asa Paglaya is the name of the multi-purpose cooperative owned and run by renewed ex-prisoners and their families.
  • The Center for Restorative Justice Advocacy is the advocacy arm of Pag-asa Paglaya Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which works for prison justice reform and recently, is strongly advocating for Juvenile Justice and Welfare.
  • In 2003, PSP Multi-Purpose Cooperative won in World Bank's Panibagong Paraan Innovative Marketplace, a competition of innovative ideas and high-impact projects for the poor and marginalized sectors of society.
  • PSP Farm is located in Sitio Tawagan I, Barangay Sirao, Cebu City, a mountain village of Cebu City, 13 kms. away from the city proper.
  • The farm is accessible by private car or motorcycle.
  • The farm in Sirao is only 15,000 sq. m. We have recently extended our farm operation with an adjacent 3,000 sq. m. property loaned to us by a benefactor. Another 70,000 sq. m. has also been made available to us where we are farming herbs most of which we process into tea.
  • PSP Farm presently supports adult ex-prisoners, Children in Conflict with the Law, and Children at Risk.

A wide expanse of what seems to be barren, desolate, lifeless and hopeless land which is the result of years of mono crop farming (cut flowers) using intensively commercial and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

Re-"claiming", renewing and revitalizing the land: Construction of spring water reservoir, water catchment (pond), garden plots, residents' cottages, receiving area and dormitory. Compared to mechanized work, which desensitizes the human heart and separated the person from Mother Earth, our experience shows that manual labor brings back the person's affinity to the land and soil, builds community, fosters cooperation, and creates a sense of purpose and ownership among the workers.

Now...bursting with life and exploding in colors, it is now like an upland ecological Eden where every created being lives in harmony with each other, and a well spring of nurture for hope, justice and compassion for Mother Earth and every person who visits or lives in the farm.

Entrance signage from the roadsign, downward steps to the farm lush pine tress.

Thick vegetation of plants, herbs, and trees growing side by side in what used to be barren soil. Everything has a place in the farm.

Water reservoir from nearby spring for drinking and bathing of farm residents; rainwater for washing and watering the plants.

Carrots, tomatoes, and other vegetables are sufficient for a daily variety of vegetable-filled diet (not in photo: the lowly but nutrient-packed sweet potato, pepper, sequa, eggplant, pechay, lettuce, kangkong, alugbati, ginger)

Cassava, sugarcane, passion fruit, black bamboo, robusta coffee

Ornamental plants and herbs: stevia, lemon balm

Peppermint, gotu kola, tarragon, variegated oregano

Some of the plants and flowers that grow naturally.

Multi-purpose nipa and bamboo kiosk, receiving area, and newly finished basketball court

Student-resident cooking a meal coached and supervised by Reniel, one of the house parents; Sustainable Natural Resource Management graduate students from University of San Carlos on a learning visit to the farm; Fr. Vic's cottage which serves as his residence and office.

Overnight camping, stations of the cross, environmental retreats, immersions and learning visits, and farming hands-on are some of the social, religious and environmental activities that can be held at the farm by families, students, peer groups and social and formally organized groups. For a minimal and affordable fee, seminars and trainings can also be held at the farm. The farm also conducts trainings on permaculture, and natural, organic and biodynamic farming. Staff can be invited to give talks on Restorative and Juvenile Justice Advocacy.

Guest receiving area that also serves a multi-purpose area for community meals, meetings, prayers and mass; student's dormitory; a reflection session in the receiving area. The farm needs generous support for the construction of a multi-purpose buildings for seminars and workshops, a multi-media library and a chapel.

Together with house parents and farm workers, children learn to do gardening and other farm chores. An integrated formation program aims to teach children the essential value and appreciation of farm work, house chores, schooling and study, prayer, sports and recreation, and health and hygiene.

Other Farm Residents

Kids and a herd of healthy goats (camera shy: a cow and a carabao)

Adorable lovebirds; wanderer, free-roaming turkeys

Free-range ducks and geese; daytime "vagabond' chicken sand; Iggy, the lone labrador.


What Enriches and Sustains the Land

Coco Coir

Carbonized Rice Hull

Cebu City's organic garbage, goat manure and plots of vermicompost

Made into sacks of natural fertilizer, garden soil in recycled plastic bags

Or buried at the bottom layer of each and every garden plot in the farm