An agrarian reform beneficiary in Daraga, Albay has found a “gold mine” in manually extracted virgin pili nut oil he himself developed painstakingly for six months shortly after attending a government-sponsored pili nut food processing course early last year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said Thursday.
Victor Ramon Goyena, 50, a civil engineering graduate, said it took him six months of experimentation before he finally perfected in October last year the extraction of virgin pili nut oil from newly harvested nuts. “The temperature plays a very important role in maintaining the nutritional potency of the oil. Only when no alteration of its nutrient composition can we claim it as ‘virgin oil,’” he said. Goyena added that he got hooked into this undertaking after attending a series of trainings on pili nut food processing sponsored by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Albay.
Goyena, who was awarded with a three-hectare farm under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in April 2008, said the oil is a good skin moisturizer as it helps smoothen ageing skin and soften dry and rough skin. “The oil is odorless and is easily absorbed by our skin. I personally use it and it makes my skin glow and healthy”, said Goyena, who is married to the former Jocelyn Faustino, with whom he has two sons, both in their late teens. Goyena also found that virgin pili nut oil is good at enhancing hair growth. Traditionally, pili nut oil is being used by local folks to treat skin diseases and as de-worming agent for poultry and livestock.
Goyena is currently selling his virgin pili nut oil in 20 and 30 milliliter bottles in the Bicol region. He is working on hitting the national market anytime within the next two years. Albay provincial agrarian reform officer Salve C. Tongco said that Goyena, with his newfound product, is a potential nominee for the “Most Outstanding ARB” award, and his virgin pili nut oil a top contender for the “rookie product” category in the 2011 Agraryo Trade Fair in June.
Original Article: Bicolano Farmer-Beneficiary Finds ‘Gold Mine’ in Virgin Pilinut Oil by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the Manila Bulletin on March 18, 2011