Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, so­cial en­ter­pris­ing among Bi­nal­ba­gan IP, women groups pushed

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

A GROUP is push­ing for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and so­cial en­ter­pris­ing among in­dige­nous peo­ples (IPS) and women be­long­ing to the marginal­ized sec­tor in Bi­nal­ba­gan town.

Checcs Os­meñaor­bida, vice pres­i­dent of the Pea­ce­pond Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PFA), yes­ter­day said there is cur­rently an ef­fort to fur­ther boost the crafts­man­ship and culi­nary skills of IPS and women groups in the lo­cal­ity.

Os­meña-or­bida said their or­ga­ni­za­tion forms part of the IP Sup­port Group which ini­ti­ated the “Show­case of Purely Bi­nal­baganon Prod­ucts” at the town’s Veteran He­roes Park on Thurs­day.

Other col­lab­o­rat­ing groups and vol­un­teers included the lo­cal govern­ment unit (LGU) led by Mayor Em­manuel Aranda, Mu­nic­i­pal So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (MSWDO), and IP lo­cal co­or­di­na­tor Pablito Gon­za­les.

“The ac­tiv­ity mainly aims to show­case the Alayon IP Crafts and Dagyaw Food Ser­vices Group, which are prod­ucts of var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ven­tions pre­vi­ously pro­vided by PFA and lo­cal govern­ment,” she added.

The Alayon IP Crafts is a brand given to hand­i­crafts and other prod­ucts pro­duced by mem­bers of Itu­man-ma­g­a­hat-bukid­non, a group of eight IP as­so­ci­a­tions in the south­ern Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal lo­cal­ity.

These IP as­so­ci­a­tions com­prised the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dige­nous Peo­ples As­so­ci­a­tions in Bi­nal­ba­gan (FIPAB).

Dagyaw Food Ser­vices Group, mean­while, is com­posed of women groups with mem­bers who are housewives, fish­er­folk, and ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Pantawid Pam­ilyang Pilipino Pro­gram (4Ps), among oth­ers.

They were ear­lier trained on ba­sic cater­ing ser­vices in­clud­ing cus­tomer re­la­tions.

Alayon and Dagyaw are both di­alects which mean “bayani­han” or the act of help­ing each mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

Os­meña-or­bida re­called they dis­cov­ered that the IPS in the town have skills in weav­ing pan­dan and abaca though, they lack prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

So they con­ducted work­shops on prod­uct de­vel­op­ment as well as so­cial en­ter­prise and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment last year.

Os­meña-or­bida said such ef­fort has re­sulted to such brand of pan­dan and abaca-made crafts.

“We also in­cor­po­rated or­ganic farm­ing be­cause they have to plant abaca and pan­dan so the ap­proach was from plant­ing down to weav­ing,” she said, adding that they were also taught of ver­mi­cul­ture as an ad­di­tional liveli­hood.

Since they need a “space” to sell their prod­ucts, the as­so­ci­a­tion uti­lized Face­book to ini­tially sell the Alayon IP Crafts on­line.

PFA also re­vived the Dagyaw Food Ser­vices Group, whose mem­bers are re­cip­i­ents of var­i­ous skills train­ing in­clud­ing food pro­cess­ing con­ducted by the LGU about a few years ago.

Through the Sus­tain­able Liveli­hood Pro­gram Bot­tom-up Bud­get­ing (SLPBUB) of the govern­ment, these prod­ucts were able to be show­cased dur­ing the said ac­tiv­ity.

Among the Alayon IP Crafts prod­ucts dis­played included the “Li­bon Kwadro” or wo­ven pan­dan bas­ket with­out han­dle; “Li­bon Tim­bu­log” or pen hold­ers and of other ma­te­ri­als; and “So­bre Bags” or pouches with an en­velope­like shape.

In sup­port to the town’s “No Plas­tic Hol­i­day” ini­tia­tive, the IPS are also pro­duc­ing “bay­ongs” or na­tive bags.

the Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Tesda), was al­ready act­ing on the sup­posed short­age of skilled con­struc­tion work­ers.

“He (Duterte) di­rected the Tesda chief to do some­thing about kasi we are lack­ing in ex­perts in car­pen­try, weld­ing. ‘Yung mga tech­ni­cal. Ku­lang eh. Marami ho tay­ong mga taong hindi em­p­leyado, whether sa gob­y­erno o kam­pa­nya kasi hindi na­man sila qual­i­fied, lalo na ‘yung mga vo­ca­tional, lalo na sa con­struc­tion,” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

“In other words, we’re do­ing some­thing about it. That is the re­sponse,” he added.

On Fe­bru­ary 7, Palace also signed Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar 57, di­rect­ing all govern­ment of­fices, agen­cies, and in­stru­men­tal­i­ties to en­sure “timely” com­ple­tion of in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The or­der was di­rected to all govern­ment of­fices, in­clud­ing govern­ment-owned or -con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions (GOCCS), govern­ment fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions (GFIS), state uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges (SUCS), and lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUS).

MC 57 or­dered all heads and con­cerned of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of de­part­ments, bu­reaus, and of­fices, in­clud­ing GOCCS, GFIS, SUCS, and LGUS, to strictly ob­serve the laws, is­suances, and poli­cies on timely com­ple­tion of govern­ment in­fra­struc­ture projects, in­clud­ing the im­po­si­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions for in­frac­tions and vi­o­la­tions thereof./sun­star Philip­pines

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

THE 48-foot long ta­ble show­cas­ing food prod­ucts of Dagyaw Food Ser­vices Group (left photo) and mem­bers of Pea­ce­pond Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (right photo) pre­par­ing the “Li­bon Tim­bu­log” prod­ucts of Itu­man-ma­g­a­hat-bukid­non weavers dur­ing show­case and launch­ing ac­tiv­ity in Bi­nal­ba­gan town on Thurs­day.

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