Reynaldo Gil G. Lomarda

Benguet, Philippines

Reynaldo Gil G. Lomarda otherwise known as “Datu Makadingding” in the Indigenous Peoples community is the Co-Founder and President of GreenMinds Inc. He works with tribal communities, farmers, former rebels and marginalized sectors to help them cross from subsistence to a social enterprise level. In his two decades of doing development work, Datu has learned and unlearned appropriate interventions in Community Organization, Mobilization and Development (COMDEV), puts quality over pity and remained passionately crazy and insanely optimistic in his literally and figuratively uphill line of work.

Datu has received recognition as a mentor for smallholders both locally and abroad but for all its worth, he still considers the best recognition is being an organic farmer.

Datu holds a BS Agriculture, Major in Horticulture degree from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). He is an adopted son of the Higaonon and Matigsalog tribes of the Philippines and Naulasuwatu tribe of Vanuatu.


Overview of products/services

GreenMinds Incorporated is a duly-registered 21-year old, service and people-oriented, self-sustaining non- government organization (NGO) based in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.  It is devoted to the protection of the fragile environment through the practice and dissemination of organic agriculture and development of social enterprises. At present, they are assisting two IP communities in the Philippines and 2 groups in the Pacific Islands namely Vanuatu and Fiji.  These communities are now continuously producing organic peanuts, herbs, turmeric, banana chips and rice. To complete the value chain, they are assisting them from organizational development, production, value-adding and marketing. Processing facilities were established to handle the processing of organic peanuts and herbs into variety of products. GreenMinds Inc. considers food safety and compliance of its products and thus strives to comply with the standards set by Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as one of its registered Food Establishment. As of date, Greenminds Inc. is the first and only certified organic producer and processor of peanuts in the Philippines. And is also HALAL certified and GAP compliant.

Reynaldo Gil G. Lomarda, Philippines