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