Good news for you.
It just shows how fragmented beekeeping is in Philippines and knowledge is
spread over so many different people & institutions while in the UK,
Holland, Germany (and I think also US), we have a single overarching
organisation coordinating activities and that organisation often also has
some kind of authority to limit the spread of diseases by issuing binding
instructions. I do not know how it is elsewhere, but in Holland, I know
that if I buy honey from a beekeeper who attached to that organisation (and
they invariably all are), then I get real honey because the beekeepers
visit each other, meet each other and inspect each others hives and would
motivate members who overfeed their bees or use chemicals which are not
permitted. Thus ensuring quality and health. This contrary to Philippines
bee-scene where coaching is always done "at a fee and for profit" and
knowledge is considered "power", so associations are rare. Everybody has
it's own website (Facebook?) and new initiatives are not coordinated.
Especially from NGO's, I hope we can get some help to coordinate activities
The Pin0y Beekeepers forum
http://www.pinoybeekeepersforum.com/forums/YaBB.pl was an initiative
where beekeepers can use a forum to exchange experience and even advertise.
Obviously, it is the way to go becuase you can bring structure in the
information and not just dump it into the Facebook swamp. It is not used
nearly efficient nor wide enough.It has a map
with Pinoy beekeepers which I think is brilliant as you could easily
identify beekeepers and their activities in any area. Why not use it?
Well, many people only use Facebook, because Zuckerberg is trying to
monopolize social media in poor countries, but also because people do not
want to share information. I think the latter is the most important and
NGO's should make more use of it and promote it. Not having locations for
suppliers and beekeepers ofcourse allows several individuals to promote
"their business" which may sound OK, but as there is no competitions, we
are very limited to supplies. And I have not seen open pricelists
(normally: "just PM me for prices") so we cannot easily compare and
therefore beeks are very limited.
We do not have an inventory of needs for beekeepers. There are many
beekeepers, very small, medium and bigger. What do they need and how can we
help them? We do not even have an inventory.
No testing possible, universities do not have a protokol and are not
certified (as far as I know) and there are records of complete manipulation
of data (or incompetency: a local lab claimed that some imported bees were
sick while another sample send to a European lab showed that the bees were
I see that many local beekeepers feed lots of sugar, hell they need to live
as well and pay for their very expensive materials and queens. But that
ain't no honey.
I see that some beekeepers in other area's do not feed at all and why
should they, if they can get 100 kg of honey per hive, that is good
Imagine a conversation on Facebook where a university mentions that they
found SHB and is discussing with the owner to maybe, please do something
about it. While Downunder, penalty for failing to notify is $11,000, the
pest is spreading nicely in Philippines because the owner does not want to
do anything and the university does not want to issue a warning because it
could do damage to the reputation of the beek involved and probably causing
untold damage to the beek community.
Killing beeks in Philippines: Why buy expensive honey when you can get
cheap honey from
Well, the DA takes no action. Oh sorry, they do, they got rid of CEM's
honey in the supermarket which immediately re-appeared under different
names, just a bit more expensive because "now it is real honey".
Many people offer training. Most are not certified, many only offer basic
information and many use it to link the would-be-beekeeper to their farm
for the provision of supplies. Instead of promoting beekeeping in
Philippines and providing links to all other organisations, farmers and
So, if you see Britzie, and he is linked to NGO's, maybe he has some idea's.
As I said, it looks like a rant, but I cannot get my apiary going like we
would if the blockers were not there. I will not give up, but I would like
to spread beekeeping to local villages as a livelihood project, but if I
cannot even get my own apiary going effectively, poor farmers will not
stand a chance. But some NGO's promoted beekeeping, provided "training" and
starter NUC's and after a few years, there is nothing left of the apiary.
Money wasted but no bees and even more GMO corn planted. And that pisses me
off because the sea around me is dying and the hills will become bare in a
few years.. I afford myself the price (total) of P 2500 per queen, but a
local farmer cannot. And I am working with the LGU to make certain area's
organic, but that is a 10-year plan and actually, as it is Philippines, I
do not give them a realistic chance (but I will not give up trying). But an
overarching organization might get the DENR and DoA so far to get action
and set examples.
I hope that one NGO will see the light and that is not training people on
bees and providing them with NUC's, it is doing an inventory of beekeeping
in Philippines and setting up an organisation to support beekeepers and
OK, I will stop here and hope to hear from you after you got trained.