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Camiguin takes pride in improved economy, tourism in 2018

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 6 (PIA)—Securing over Php72 million budget for road construction and rehabilitation, attaining 688,587 tourist arrivals in 2018, and improving health and nutritional status among school-aged children, the Provincial Government of Camiguin bares 2018 key strategies that lead to making the island one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in the country.

49212734_1283359538471674_7208270065580376064_n“My greatest aspiration as a woman leader, at the same time, a wife and a mother – is attaining a quality of life for all Camiguingnons where everyone enjoys the dividends of economic progress, and feels safe and secure in their homes and communities,” Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on January 6.

Investing in human capital

Believing that the most important economic resource lies in human capital, the local government addressed the oral, physical and mental health of its people. In 2018, the province has attained 85 percent orally fit children and attended to 133 mentally-ill patients, making Camiguin the first province that gives importance to the usually neglected health problem in the country.

Romualdo also cited the significant improvement of the zero open defecation (ZOD) program implementation in the province from 18 percent compliance in 2017 to 79 percent in 2018 highlighting the 15 barangays in Camiguin which were already declared ZOD areas.

The strict implementation of the Smoke-Free Camiguin has also changed the face of the island from a top tourist destination to a healthy haven for tourists and residents as it accorded the Red Orchid Award.

Furthermore, with the aid of the Department of Health (DOH), over Php116 million was allocated to improve the facilities and services of Camiguin General Hospital (CGH).

The marginalized sector that includes the displaced individuals/families, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, children, women, elderly and differently-abled persons attained immediate response from the local government which allocated Php12,757,878 in CY 2018 to cater to their needs.

Securing economic progress

Contributing about Php35,735,000 to the Php72,566,830 requirement to complete the opening of interconnected routes and rehabilitation of roads, the local government now assures not only the ease of accessibility to tourist sites but also the speedy transportation of farm products to the market.

Locals tourists will enjoy the new and improved sports complex as the construction of such facility will soon reach its completion. Also, swimming enthusiasts will get a chance to hone their skills once the swimming pool at Mahinog will be completed.

“And I did not do all these alone. With myself, alone, I am powerless. However, with you, marching with me, united in heart and mind, we made things happen to assure that progress never stops for a clean and beautiful Camiguin,” Romualdo said.

To brace and further advance such feats, Romualdo urged Camiguingnons to implement the Water Code and respect the mandate on the easement, keep the quality of coastal water to the highest standard and the forest land pristine, and take care of the heritage sites that are treasures recognized by the national government. (RTP/PIA10)

 

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51st Adlaw Ta Camiguin opens with product, talent showcase

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 5 (PIA)—Featuring over 20 handicraft makers, and talents in sports, singing, dancing and more, the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary dubbed, “Adlaw Ta Camiguin,” officially opened on January 5 at the Ugmad Site, Mambajao, here.

49492198_1194344194057987_5285574667866734592_nCiting the developments in the island as well as the efforts in keeping Camiguin on top, Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said, “If we want to continue all these things, let’s not disintegrate.”

Just like in every household, if there is trouble, it will start to crack then it will crumble, go down and eventually all of the family members’ dreams will fail, Romualdo stressed.

49682652_1194343850724688_6877649251275374592_nThus, in its anniversary, the Provincial Government of Camiguin in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (Deped), and other key national line agencies, exerted effort to involve every Camiguingnon in working towards island development.

Handicraft Festival

By aiding the local entrepreneurs particularly the handicraft makers through holding the First Handicraft Festival, the local government along with DTI believes that such will boost not only the usage of locally-grown materials but also the talents of handicraft makers in the island and their capability to augment family’s income.

49704141_1194343927391347_7432877832751022080_n“Malipayon kaayo mi nga nahatagon mi ug higayon nga maka-display sa among produkto aning kalihokan apil na ang proseso sa pagbuhat niini (We are very happy that we are given the chance to display our products and show how we process these products),” said Cresilito Estrella of the Camiguin Probation Pardons and Paroles Association.

Estrella’s paperweights and ballpen holders made of Bitaog is just among the many products highlighted in the handicraft festival.

Tourists and locals could also purchase and view the makings of fashion bags made of Nito, doormats made of coco coir by the women’s group in Agoho, Mambajao, lampshades, coin banks and wine holders made of ‘Batakan’ bamboos, accessories from broken glasses, bamboo wind chimes, baskets, slippers, and more.

Honing students’ skills

49639284_1194342774058129_4559660108908331008_nAn integral part of putting Camiguin on top as stressed by Mayor Romualdo is the boost in the personal and academic development of the youth in the island.

Thus, the local government in partnership with Deped spearheaded the Spelling Quiz Bee and Local History Quiz Bowl, “Tigi sa Kaalam sa Kasaysayan,” for elementary and secondary levels.

Sports enthusiasts were also able to show their skills in the Inter-Municipality High School Basketball Tournament and the Fun Run/Barkada Run at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.

Local families and tourists also gathered during the night to witness the Kaplag sa Bituon (Cebuano solo singing contest for elementary pupils), Tinig at Himig ng Mag-irog (Tagalog duet contest for secondary level), and Ingsugilon Paagi Ta Sajaw (cultural dance drama contest).

By involving Camiguingnons of all ages in these activities, the mayor said such will help in uniting the province.

“The speed of success is always dependent on our dedication and willingness to sacrifice. We have to complement with each other and let’s not make excuses so we won’t crumble and fail,” Romualdo said. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin’s summit gathers over 1K studes, OSYs

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CAMIGUIN, September 25 (PIA)—Geared towards educating the youth on healthy lifestyle, handling relationships, responsible sexual behavior and human immunodeficiency virus‎/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), the Provincial Government of Camiguin through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) held the third Camiguin Youth Summit with 1,030 in and out-of-school youth (OSY) participants on September 21 at the Provincial Convention Center, Mambajao, here.

Camiguin Youth Summit.jpgProvincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said holding such event is significant in addressing the current emerging issues in the province particularly on the rising teenage fertility and proliferation of HIV and AIDS.

“We now have difficulties in ensuring the continued education of our teenagers since most private schools here advise teenage mothers to transfer to other schools since they do not want such act to be followed by other students,” Romualdo said.

Thus, in the summit, the trained You-for-You (U4U) youth speakers of the Commission on Population (Popcom) thoroughly discussed Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health (ASRH), and love and romantic relationships.  

In the said session, the participants were reminded that adolescents and youth should not rush to be very intimate with someone he/she is romantically linked with. They should also practice responsible sexuality to avoid consequences that they may regret.

In an attempt to hold lively discussions, the topics were highlighted in stalls around the venue where the participants come in groups to get insights as well as raise their concerns to the key speakers.

The youth participants were also able to showcase their talents during the evening through the talent competition held by the provincial government. (RTP/PIA10)

DILG Camiguin partners with Camiguin Polytechnic State College for SK Mandatory Training

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CAMIGUIN, May 25 — In line with Section 30, Rule V of the Rules and Regulations Implementing RA 10742 (Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act 2015) regarding the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Mandatory Training, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)- Provincial Office of Camiguin partnered with Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC) as the service provider or local resource institute for the whole  implementation of the training.
The CPSC handled the training for newly elected SK officials into two clusters of the province on May 23 with contingents from the municipalities of Catarman, Guinsiliban and Sagay, and on May 24 with the SK officials from Mahinog and Mambajao.
Fifty-eight SK chairpersons and 387 SK councilors with a total of 445 newly-elected SK officials of the province were given basic modules on governance for them to be better equipped upon the assumption of their official function as youth leaders on June 30, 2018.
RTP20180528a.jpgTopics given include decentralization and local governance, history of the SK and the SK Reform Act also known as Republic Act 10472, meetings and resolutions, planning and budgeting and RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Prior to the activity, a Provincial Management Team was also created by virtue of Executive Order to oversee the efficient and effective implementation of the Training throughout the province.
The Provincial Management Team is composed of the DILG Provincial Director along with the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, Municipal and Provincial Local Youth Development Officers, Representative from Local Resource Institute and Representative from the National Youth Commission. The DILG Provincial Office also designated a focal person to act as secretariat to the Provincial Management Team.
It is hoped that with the intense training, the new breed of SK Leaders will become more effective in performing their respective mandates.(DILG Camiguin/RTP/PIA10)

DILG Camiguin conducts coaching session with Mahinog PLEB

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MAHINOG, Camiguin, May 25 — To further empower the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) in exercising its functions as a citizens’ complaint mechanism against erring personnel, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted a follow-through session with the PLEB Members of Mahinog recently at Katunggan Park, here.
Similar activity would also be undertaken  in the succeeding months with the PLEBs of other municipalities.
RTP20180528bSuch activity was conducted when there was a Provincial Roll-out Orientation for the Capacity Enhancement of the PLEB was undertaken to revitalize the organization on November 2017.
Municipal Mayor Rogerio C. Acle of Mahinog expressed his appreciation for the conduct of the activity and to DILG Camiguin’s assistance for other equally important programs of the local government unit (LGU).
For her part, Provincial Director Rhona G. Pedraza-Abadilla of DILG Camiguin highlighted that as Region 10 becomes a pilot area, PLEB Subsidy-Assistance for 5th-6th class municipalities will continue. This would mean PLEB members in the area will face greater challenge in making their organization functional and responsive to the needs of the localities.
PLEB Chairman SB Chairperson on Peace and Order Winlove M. Labadan shared that their “one for all, all for one” battlecry could be a key factor that the PLEB will rise up to the demands of the times.
PLEB members formulated their action plan for the next quarter and are looking forward to the continuous support of DILG. They likewise expressed their commitment to the overall maintenance and improvement of peace and order in the municipality.(DILG Camiguin/RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: DOST gipatas-an ang kaamgohan sa DRRM sa Camiguin

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MAHINOG, Camiguin, May 17 (PIA) — Uban ang tema nga, “Awareness, Collaboration and Moving Forward,” ang Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- Camiguin Provincial Office bag-ohay gipahigayon ang Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Forum sa Queobe Training Center, kung asa gipakita ang mga resulta sa gitun-an sa Manila Observatory diin ang Camiguin nag-una sa mga probinsiya nga risgo sa katalagman sa kinaiyahan.

Si Provincial Science and Technology Director- Camiguin/Senior Science Research Specialist Miriam A. de la Plaza niingon nga kaning mga kalihukan nga panag-uban sa local na kagamhanan sa Guinsiliban ug Mahinog kay parte sa Community Empowerment thru Science and Techonology (CEST).

Gisaysay usab ni Angelo Bang, residente nga volcanologist sa Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) Hibok-Hibok Volcano Observatory Station, nga ang Camiguin nag-una sa mga probinsya nga risgo sa volcanic eruptions ug ika-nuwebe sa mga lugar nga risgo maigo ug tsunami.

RTP20180517c“Camiguin has the highest risk because the land area is so small such that a volcanic eruption can affect the whole province (Ang Camiguin mao’y pinakadakong risgo tungod kay gamay ra ang land area niini busa maapektuhan na ang tibuok probinsiya kung mubuto ang bulkan),” ingon ni Bang.

Iyang gipahibalo nga dapat nakaamgo ang mga Camiguingnon sa lugar diin aduna’y mga volcanic hazards lakip ang mga steam blasts, glowing avalanches, lava flows ug lahar.

Nihisgot pud siya nga atong mga niagi nga tuig, aduna na’y dagko nga pagbuto gikan sa taluktok sa bulkang Hibok-Hibok human gisundan kini ug usa ka semanang lagiting nga linog. Mao dapat ang mga Camiguingnons kanunay andam kung mausab ang panghitabo.

Sa parte ni Engr. Anianita Fortich sa Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) gipasabot niya nga ang hydrometeorological hazards nga gaapekto sa probinsya nasinati adtong Nobyembre 7, 2001 diin kusog ug wala’y undang and ulan sulod sa 10 ka oras.

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Kini nagresulta sa mga flash floods nga gadala ug landslide debris gikan sa bato, naibot nga kahoy, nahilos nga yuta gikan sa bukid nga nagtabon sa 134 ka buhi nga residente ug nagdaot sa mga gulayon ug istraktura.

Sa man-made calamities, si FO2 Sherwin Borres sa Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Mahinog Station nagsaysay sa mga butang nga dapat buhaton kung duna’y sunog ug kahilwason nga mga sukod nga dapat sundon sa opisina.

Iya usab gipakita ang sakto nga pamaagi sa pagdumala kung duna’y hungaw ang liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sama sa pagpahimug-at nga ang LPGs dapat nasa gawas kini aron kung na’y aso aron magtipok sa usa ka  tuob na lugar nga mao’y makaingon ug sunog.

Ang mga balay ug establisamento dapat moobserba usab sa tarong nga pagsulay ug angay nga pagsustento sa tanang ekipo para masigurado nga wala’y hungaw ang hose.(RTP/PIA10)

Agri-dept releases P2.5M for livelihood projects in Guinsiliban town

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GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, May 18 — To increase the income among farmers and rural women, the Department of Agriculture (DA)– Regional Field Office 10 through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) Program releases P2.5 million to implement livelihood projects such as native chicken production, duck raising and organic feed production in Guinsiliban, Camiguin.

DA-10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA recently turned over the check to Municipal Accountant Emmalinda G. Parian in behalf of the local government unit (LGU).

RTP20180521b.jpgThe total project cost is approximately P2.7  million, of which Php249,999 is the LGU’s counterpart.

Aside from providing assistance to the marginalized farmers, the LGU looks forward in helping increase the supply of poultry products in the municipality and even its adjacent towns.

The projects will be managed by different associations in Barangay Butay with the support of the municipal agriculture office include the native chicken production by the South Poblacion Rural Improvement Club Association, duck raising by Liong Rice Farmers Association and organic feed production by Butay Farmer’s Association.(DA10/RTP/PIA10)

Regional council for MSMEs widens biz horizons with exhibits, mentoring program

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CAMIGUIN, April 20 (PIA) – To support and even encourage more entrepreneurs to take part in nation building, the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 strengthens its core programs particularly on mentoring, holding exhibits and providing shared service facilities (SSF).

During the Talakayan sa PIA on April 17 at Mambajao Negosyo Center, here, Ruben Vegafria, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Oriental, said that various public-private partnerships are now aiding the business sector such as the provision of SSF which encourages involvement of people in the community through a certain livelihood suited in their area.

The Department of Trade and Industry also continuously conduct the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program that aims to help the country’s MSEs through coaching and mentoring, and linking MSMEs to large companies’ value chains.

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Key MSME programs, events

In the recent KMME in the region, about 218 participants were coached on entrepreneurial mind setting and values formation, and marketing mindset. The participants came from Bukidnon (40), Camiguin (34), Lanao del Norte (39), Misamis Occidental (37), Misamis Oriental (49) and Regional Office (19).

As for the ProPak (Processing and Packaging) Asia, the biggest and most prestigious international food, drink, pharmaceutical processing and packaging event, a total of 146 delegates from the region are qualified to participate and witness how successful companies process their products on June 13-16 at Bangkok, Thailand.

The SSF implementation on the other hand, now has 92 percent or 146 out of 159 SSFs that are operational. From this number, Bukidnon has implemented 33 SSF, Camiguin with 17, Lanao del Norte with 36, Misamis Occidental with 29 and Misamis Oriental with 44.

Engaging the MSMEs to such events is important since “they are very significant in nation building that is why DTI today is focusing so much programs on MSMEs for their development because without the MSMEs the large businessmen or businesses will not be able to exist,” said Mike Amores, RMSMEDC member from Misamis Occidental.

 

Engaging NGAs

When it comes to other government agencies’ intervention, Miriam dela Plaza of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that they are introducing the Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) that aims to help businesses particularly those engaged in manufacturing. It is where the department aids on upgrading the businesses’ technology to help in the productivity of MSMEs.

They also have the Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program that aims to harness the country’s scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain sustainable economic growth and development.

As for the manpower or skills training, Elwin Barquez of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)- Camiguin Provincial Office shared that TESDA introduced new services on what they are currently providing.

“So being the supplier of manpower, we also advocated through our curriculum on how our graduates, being world class, could contribute on how to preserve our world,” Barquez said.

The National Youth Comission (NYC) also provides opportunities to youth entrepreneurs by allowing youth organizations to register online and enjoy benefits and assistance from NYC. Once registered, the youth organization can request a training from NYC such as activities or programs that foster economic empowerment.

For food-related business, the Food Innovation Center now accommodates MSMEs and students who want to develop and promote their food technology or product. The center also assists those who want to pursue or boost their business from the technology they’ve innovated.

Training and introducing more business strategies to entrepreneurs is essential in today’s local and global market is no longer a difficult task since “most of the MSMEs are getting younger and they are more knowledgeable, aggressive and educated on business,” said Shirley Cutab, RMSMEDC member from Camiguin.

Thus, the RMSMEDC-10 now calls out to all MSMEs who haven’t considered any intervention outside their comfort zones to grab the opportunities provided by the government and even the private sector to enhance their business and further improve their standards or mind sets in doing their business.(Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

DOLE highlights successful livelihood stories in Camiguin

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CAMIGUIN, April 11 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment in Region 10 (DOLE-X) underscored the successful livelihood stories of the province in a recent meeting with Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo.

Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao of DOLE-X presented the video documents of successful stories of the livelihood projects from Camiguin as nominees of the 2018 DOLE Search for Best Livelihood-Assisted Projects for individual and group categories.

The eight and ten-minute video presentations encapsulated the humble beginnings of the beneficiaries and showcased how their businesses flourished and served as motivation to fellow aspirants especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers in the informal and formal economies to start individual or group livelihood undertakings, and enable existing livelihood undertakings to grow into viable and sustainable businesses that provide income at least at par with those of the minimum wage earners in the province.
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For the individual category, Suyao shared the story of Axel M. Salise’s Piso Net Project with pocket WiFi package.

Salise, a person with disability (PWD) from Barangay Baylao, Mambajao, received P20,000 worth of financial assistance from DOLE in 2014 to fund his arcade-style computer used as internet or gaming vending machine.

From one good opportunity, greater things happened to Salise as he was elected in 2012 as the president of Persons with Exceptional Reserved Skills Association (PWERSA).

Leading the organization, Salise was able to help his fellow PWDs by employing them in his computer business.

Furthermore, Axel improved his business by incorporating various marketing strategies as well as offering proofreading or editing documents for a fee.

Such strategy gave him an edge over the other computer service providers nearby even if the latter have more units to offer.

To date, Axel intends to expand his business by selling customized T-shirts, event giveaways/tokens, and souvenir items.

He believes that his Piso-Net livelihood will be dispersed to other individual PWDs for them to be successful entrepreneurs like him.

For the group category, Suyao highlighted the Kahugpungan sa mga Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) organization of Barangay Lagapak, Poblacion, Sagay with their Tingco Tingco Boat and Net Fishing Project which started in January 2000.

Association Chairman Fernando Ocaba received the initial DOLE-X financial assistance worth P400,000 which enabled them to employ 70 worker-beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were then living below the poverty line with varying concerns on medical care, education, and food.

Suyao explained to Romualdo how the business diversified and flourished from merely catching/selling fish to acquiring the means in squid and fish drying, salted fish production, and production of bottled sardines.

The organization now employs 15 fishermen, 3 women brokers to market outlets to the other municipalities, 15 slicers, and 5 packers.

The group made use of mechanical drying for their produce in response to the unfavorable weather condition besetting the province being in a typhoon belt area.

This paved the way for another assistance in the amount of P300,000 in December 2016 as a reformation project on Rehabilitation of Boat Engine and Panamaw Fishing from DOLE.

The group has also obtained an additional livelihood income for their members through micro-financing, bigasan (rice selling), hog fattening, and egg laying.

Governor Romualdo expressed enthusiasm to advocate and support the entries of her constituents who proved that starting small in business has magnanimous impact in pursuing one’s dreams to be successful in life.

She assured that the documentation will be presented in every barangay or municipal events or meetings in the province to encourage the Camiguingnons to support the local livelihood projects in the area.(Mildred Dablio/RTP/PIA10)

Coco coir SSF augments family income in Catarman

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CAMIGUIN, April 19 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 through its Camiguin Provincial Office empowers women in the province by providing various projects and programs that would enable the sector to earn on their own and among these is the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Coco Coir Processing.

Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) President Lizcel Cutab shared during the Regional Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (RMSMEDC)-10 project visit on April 16 that the SSF for Coco Coir Processing helped not only the women in Barangay Mainit, Catarman, Camiguin as their husbands and children play a big role in keeping the business running.

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“Sauna ang mga kababayenhan pa gyud ang galihok niini pero nakita sa ilang mga bana ang gikinahanglang kusog aron mapaspas ang pagtrabaho niini. Ni-apil na usab ang ilang mga anak pinaagi sa pagkolekta sa bunot ug pagtunol sa materyales ngadto sa tig-operate sa makina,” Cutab shared.

(Before, only the women are involved in the project but their husbands volunteered to help when they saw the need to augment the manpower to hasten up the workload. The children also took part in the project by collecting the coconut husks and placing the materials to the machine operator)

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The facility is operated by the Agoho KALIPI in cooperation with Nagpakabana Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The DTI allocated around P1.9 million for the diesel-engine powered decorticating with winnowing/peat screening machine.

Now, women from the area earns P3 for every 11-meter-long coco coir twine which is usually used in making decorations for special occasions, rugs, doormats, bio rolls and more. The remaining materials are then use for fertilizers so nothing will really go into waste.

“Ang problema lang gyud namo karon kung unsaon pagpadaghan sa produksyon sa coco coir labina nga daghan ang demand niini. Dili man gud pirmi daghan ang makuhang bunot kay gadepende ra pud mi kung unsa’y makuha nga materyales sa nagkalain-laing gatanom ug lubi sa lugar,” Cutab said.

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(The problem now is on how we can increase the coco coir production since there are a lot of demands of it. It is not all the time that we get a lot of coco husks and we only depend on the number of husks that we can get from various coco planters in the area)

DTI Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito Enot said that they are looking for ways to address such concern and are tapping coco planters in the area who can possibly aid in boosting the production of coco coir for the women’s group.

Coco coir is a durable fiber extracted from discarded coconut husks which is preferred over concrete bricks and peat moss because it is cheaper, renewable, and completely organic. (RTP/PIA10)