Farmer M.D.

THE DOCTOR IS IN. Dr. Alfredo Gulmatico inspecting the organic bitter gourd.
THE DOCTOR IS IN. Dr. Alfredo Gulmatico inspecting the organic bitter gourd.

A close to three decades of hectic hospital and clinic schedules and even emergency room calls did not stop Doc’s Haven Farm owner pediatrician Dr. Alfredo Gulmatico from pursuing his passion in farming.

Left: The cow manure for natural fertilization. Right: A doctor is always the one receiving for his professional fees; this picture shows the doctor farmer paying for the salary of his ward.
Left: The cow manure for natural fertilization. Right: A doctor is always the one receiving for his professional fees; this picture shows the doctor farmer paying for the salary of his ward.
Left: Lettuce plot. Right: The healthy stock of grape vine.
Left: Lettuce plot. Right: The healthy stock of grape vine.
Left: The doctor giving instructions to his worker on the sweet corn plantation. Right: The pile of rice hulls allowed to decompose for natural fertilization.
Left: The doctor giving instructions to his worker on the sweet corn plantation. Right: The pile of rice hulls allowed to decompose for natural fertilization.

What started as a hobby in the 1990s in his home after clinic hours and hospital duties, Doc Gulmatico who was a graduate of the West Visayas State University College of Medicine Class of 1982 went into full time farming in the year 2000 after buying pieces of land at Cabatuan, Iloilo while at the same time continuously performing his obligations as a medical doctor.

Left: The basil boastful of its leaves. Right: Organic lettuce ready for harvest
Left: The basil boastful of its leaves. Right: Organic lettuce ready for harvest
Left: DUSK VIEW. Red Royal papayas line. Right: The flowering kalamansi trees.
Left: DUSK VIEW. Red Royal papayas line. Right: The flowering kalamansi trees.
Left: Melon fruits. Right: The melons of Doc Gulmatico.
Left: Melon fruits. Right: The melons of Doc Gulmatico.

He said he was lucky enough to have acquired agricultural lands in barangays Amirang, Amurao, Bacan and Banggit at a lower price.

It is where he started his haven of fruit trees, high value and indigenous vegetables, sweet corn, native chickens, native pigs, goats, carabaos and cows.

Left: The mighty ducks. Right: 3-month old native chicken ready for sale
Left: The mighty ducks. Right: 3-month old native chicken ready for sale
Left: The hybrid pig stocks. Right: The piglets ready for disposable to the market.
Left: The hybrid pig stocks. Right: The piglets ready for disposable to the market.
Left: Pigs in a natural farming pig pen. Right: The native pigs inside the farm of Doc Gulmatico
Left: Pigs in a natural farming pig pen. Right: The native pigs inside the farm of Doc Gulmatico

Doc Gulmatico proudly showed this writer his close to a thousand native chickens of different classes and origins; healthy native pigs which he said the piglets are sold at P3000.00 each; native goats; different kinds of lettuces; cherry tomatoes and even strawberries; organic melon, cucumber and bitter gourd; hundreds of papaya trees of different varieties; plantation of sweet corn and an orchard full of mangoes and other fruit-bearing
trees.

Left: Pantatan. Right: Papaya fruits ready for delivery.
Left: Pantatan. Right: Papaya fruits ready for delivery.

The pediatrician is practicing good agricultural practices (GAP) using both organic methods that is the use of vermicasts from worms and kitchen wastes and commercial fertilizers in crops that need extra care and attention.

Left: The side view of the building disguised as a mountain when finished  which will house the training areas for farmers who are interested to learn different farming techniques. Right: The sweet guava of Doc
Left: The side view of the building disguised as a mountain when finished which will house the training areas for farmers who are interested to learn different farming techniques. Right: The sweet guava of Doc

Today, Doc Haven has extended to retailing its own products by opening two Doc Haven stores located beside Injap Building along Benigno Aquino Drive and beside Hotel del Rio along MH del Pilar Street.

Left: The red lettuce. Right: The strawberry field.
Left: The red lettuce. Right: The strawberry field.

Among its regular clients are SM stores, hospitals and restaurants like Dova and
Liz E Kitchen.

Meanwhile, Doc Gulmatico who is married to Dr. Joy Gulmatico and has three children has this to say to everyone, “Devote time and dedication to your work and work your passion.” IMT