Jalaur, Phil­fida team up for abaca fiber ex­trac­tion train­ing

Panay News - - METRO -

Calinog, Iloilo - The Jalaur River Multi-Pur­pose Project Stage II (JRMP II) and Philip­pine Fiber In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Author­ity ( Phil­FIDA) con­duct train­ing on abaca fiber ex­trac­tion on May 10-12, 2017.

The two- day train­ing was held at Su­panga El­e­men­tary School and was at­tended by abaca farm­ers from barangays Aglonok, Carata­gan, Hil­wan, Marandig and Su­panga.

Abaca ( Musa tex­tilis Nee) is a member of the ba­nana fam­ily, Musaceae. It is pop­u­larly known world­wide as Manila hemp and al­ready be­ing wo­ven in dif­fer­ent parts of the Philip­pines.

Al­though the re­sem­blance of the abaca to ba­nana is close, there are mi­nor dif­fer­ences. Abaca stalks are more slen­der and leaves are smaller, nar­rower and more pointed than those of the ba­nana.

In Calinog, abaca can be found par­tic­u­larly in up­land barangays. In sup­port to the boom­ing abaca in­dus­try of the area, the train­ing aims to teach farm­ers on how to prop­erly ex­tract abaca fibers.

An­to­nio Cas­tronuevo, Tech­ni­cal As­sis­tance Unit Head of Phil­FIDA, thanked the par­tic­i­pants for com­ing de­spite the dis­tance they have to trek.

“Phil­FIDA is com­mit­ted to con­duct three train­ings which we started last year,” Cas­tronuevo said.

He added that the pre­vi­ous train­ing on Abaca Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­ogy at­tended by 30 farm­ers was fo­cused on pro­duc­tiv­ity en­hanc­ing mea­sures.

“What is next to abaca af­ter plant­ing and har­vest­ing is the ex­trac­tion. So, the Phil­FIDA will train you on fiber ex­trac­tion and teach you on how to de­ter­mine the clas­si­fi­ca­tions of abaca fiber,” Cas­tronuevo added.

He en­cour­aged farm­ers that ev­ery time they sell their fiber in Iloilo City, they have to men­tion that it is from Calinog be­cause the agency is mon­i­tor­ing the abaca fiber pro­duc­tion in the Prov­ince of Iloilo.

By record­ing, Phil­FIDA can ad­dress the pos­si­ble prob­lems en­coun­tered by abaca farm­ers in Calinog.

He also shared that in Liba­cao, Ak­lan, the Philip­pine Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Project (PRDP) granted abaca farm­ers a project which is worth mil­lions of pe­sos. This will also hap­pen in Calinog later on.

The train­ing for abaca pro­duc­tion is part of the com­mit­ments to five (5) barangays of Calinog, namely Aglonok, Marandig, Carata­gan, Su­panga and Hil­wan dur­ing the con­duct of the Free Prior and In­formed Con­sent I (FPIC I).

An In­ter-agency Con­ver­gence was es­tab­lished to re­spond the var­i­ous re­quests of di­rectly and in­di­rectly Project Af­fected Fam­i­lies (PAF).

One of the part­ner agen­cies com­mit­ted to pro­vide liveli­hood de­vel­op­ment pro­grams re­lated to abaca pro­duc­tion is the Phil­FIDA. Through the In­ter-Agency Con­ver­gence, they will pro­vide Php 100,000.00 worth of liveli­hood de­vel­op­ment projects. With the help of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Indige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP), abaca farm­ers were iden­ti­fied within the project af­fected ar­eas.

Richard J amelo, Se­nior I nsti­tu­tional De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer (Se­nior IDO), said that NIA has no ca­pac­ity to con­duct such train­ing so they tapped Phil­FIDA for the de­liv­ery of the said com­mit­ment. He added that these train­ings are for ad­di­tional liveli­hood of the af­fected fam­i­lies.

Jamelo also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ev­ery­one’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the said en­deav­our.

More­over, he in­formed the par­tic­i­pants that an abaca nursery will be con­structed in Barangay Su­panga which will sup­ply abaca stalks to the farm­ers.

Dur­ing the train­ing, Camote cut­tings (species SP sweet pota­toes 30) and vegetable seeds were dis­trib­uted to farm­ers.

Lina Araneta, one of the fe­male trainees, thanked Phil­FIDA and NIA for the train­ing op­por­tu­nity.

“Daku gid amon pasala­mat sa inyo kay ini nga train­ing nati­gayon. Ini mak­ab­u­lig gid sa amon pangabuhi-an.” ( We are very thank­ful to you for con­duct­ing this train­ing. This will help us in our liveli­hood), Araneta stressed.

She added that they are happy for the re­al­iza­tion of the train­ing be­cause they per­son­ally asked for it from Phil­FIDA. What they learned dur­ing the train­ing will also be shared to their vil­lagers.

Af­ter the train­ing, balang- balang ( strip­per knives) were dis­trib­uted./

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