MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, July 19 (PIA) — A P2-million worth community enterprise is now operating in the town of Guinsiliban to assist in raising the income of coastal dwellers and lessen dependency on fishing.
The Coco Sugar production is operated by the Guinsiliban Coconut Sap/Toddy Sugar Producer Association, with some 18 members coming from identified fisher folks and women’s association who are directly working on the project.
Members are tasked to gather coconut sap, locally known as “tuba”, at an average of three gallons per day, to be purchased by the association at a price of P40/gallon.
The enterprise also pays sugar processors/beneficiaries at a minimum monthly wage.
Evelyn T. Deguit, Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP) Phase II Team Leader said it first started as a household-based production in Sitio Cabuan and later identified under its conservation-based enterprises project.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) likewise affirmed on the coco sugar’s big market potential.
With technical assistance and release of financial counterparts from various government agencies to include the PCA, Provincial/Municipal Local Government Unit (P/MLGU), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Skills Education (TESDA), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the community project takes off.
The CCRMP, on the other hand, take on thirty eight percent (38%) of the project cost in the amount of P 800,000, while the partner People’s Organization (PO) likewise added a P 252,000 counterpart.
Camiguin is one of the few provinces to get funding from the New Zealand Agency for International Aid (NZAid), through the CCRMP project, which seeks to assists communities in establishing sustainable economic activities geared towards improving quality of life among coastal communities while seeking to improve the integrity and productivity of its coastal resources. (JCV/PIA)