MAHINOG, Camiguin, November 6 (PIA) – Fifteen (15) agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of San Miguel Multipurpose Cooperative at Tacangon Expanded Agrarian Reform Community in Mahinog, Camiguin have just completed a four-day training on bamboo handicraft making.
The selected ARBs were trained on the new techniques in amakan weaving and were taught new designs in making baskets, fans and flower vase made out of bamboo as raw materials.
The training was part of the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform that includes the enhancement of ARBproducts.
It was held a week before the start of the yearly celebration of the Lanzones Festival in Camiguin which falls on October 18-25, 2015. As an output of the training, the group was able to display their products like bamboo fans, baskets and flower vases which gained appreciation from local and foreign tourists who visited the display booth of the Department of Trade and Industry.
Meanwhile, the San Miguel Multi-Purpose Cooperative will soon acquire a bamboo handicraft processing center before the end of this year. Currently ongoing construction, the building is also funded under the VLPCEP to provide the coop a production area as well as display center for their handicraft products in just one place.
A simple inaugural and turn-over program of the project from DAR to the beneficiary cum signing of Memorandum of Agreement between the San Miguel MPC and Mahinog LGU regarding the latter’s support for the sustainability of the project has been readied. (Reuby Ch. Bullecer/ERS/PIA)