Monday, March 7, 2011

South Cotabato prepares bamboo industry


In support to Climate Change Adaptation Campaign and sustainable enterprise development, Governor Arthur Dodo Pingoy of South Cotabato issued Executive Order No. 5 creating the South Cotabato Provincial Bamboo Industry Development Council and finally the Institutionalization of the Kawayan Festival on February 15, 2011.

The Bamboo Council

The signing of EO 5 is in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 Kawayan Festival. Governor Arthur Pingoy said that the creation of the bamboo council is a step to harmonize all bamboo related efforts through convergence of all activities. “By way of creating a council, the bamboo industry in the Province will surely prosper”, he stressed.  The signing of EO was also witnessed by RuMEPP Program Manager Jerry T. Clavesillas.

The Bamboo Council is composed of the following agencies: Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education, TESDA, Department of Agricultiure (OPAG), Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEM), ProTech, Chamber of Commerce, and industry stakeholders/ associations (craft, furniture makers and bamboo growers).

Bamboo Forum and Industry Planning

Immediately after the public signing of EO 5, the members and stakeholders of Bamboo Council attended the Bamboo Forum and Industry Planning on February 16-18, 2011. The activity was supported by the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) and co-facilitated by the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO). The activity crafted the five year Bamboo industry Development Plan of South Cotabato (2011-2016).   



The forum also highlighted inputs and related strategies of agencies like TESDA, DBP, PENRO, OPAG, OPAG, DTI, DepEd, and PEMO. Executive Director Franklin Bunoan, of the CITC set the direction of the activity being the keynote speaker. Regional counterparts present during the activity were RD Ibrahim Guiamadel of DTI, Ma. Felicidad Guerrero represented NEDA, Dr. Bighani Manipula represented DENR, and PD Maisalam Macarimbang represented TESDA.  

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AIM-World Bank Mindanao Bridging Leaders Programmme (MBLP)

AIM-World Bank Mindanao Bridging Leaders Programmme (MBLP)
CLICK ON PIC FOR LINK: The overall objective of the program is to build a cadre of Bridging Leaders in Mindanao, who can address issues like peace, education, health, land conflicts, poverty, and poor local governance, among others. The MBLP is implemented by AIM Center for Bridging Leadership.

Bamboo Craft

Bamboo Craft
South Cotabato is proud of its bamboo craft. Please call ProTech Center for orders: 083-228-9738 or DTI SC at 083-2282659

B'LAAN INDIGENOUS NITO PRODUCTS

B'LAAN INDIGENOUS NITO PRODUCTS
Let's help B'laan Communities in Tampakan earn additional income by buying their products made of nito. Products include plates, baskets, hats, and others. Call directly the Municipal Agriculture Office of Tampakan at (083) 227-2902.

SWEET, SPICY AND CRUNCHY

SWEET, SPICY AND CRUNCHY
Mommy Juling's Atsara of BKR Foods continue to increase productivity, hence increasing its job generation and income. On its launching of its expanded processing plant on Oct. 23, BKR reported that it has increase its production from 60 kgs a month in the late 2008 to 600 kgs a month in 2010. Mommy Juling's Atsara is available at Gaisano Mall, KCC Malls, ACE Centerpoint and other convenient store. See its processing plant at Bayan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Rona Ortiz will be happy to hear and know from you through (+63) 0919-461-0152.

CORN HUSK NOVELTY ITEMS

CORN HUSK NOVELTY ITEMS
Help protect environment, help our rural women and out-of-school youth from Surallah. Buy Novelty items for Christmas and any occasions (souvenirs and corporate giveaways) to Pag-Asa Youth Association of Centrala, Allah Valley Crafters Association and Neza's Novelty Items. Text or call (+63) 0917-347-0832.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS! CLEANSE TO A HEALTHY LIFE

HEALTH AND WELLNESS! CLEANSE TO A HEALTHY LIFE
Food supplements are never expensive and should never be. What we need now are 100% natural products (no synthetic materials or foreign bodies and no artificial preservatives added). For Jong Bajunaid of Tupi, South Cotabato helping others is very important. Her advocacy of natural healing and remembering old ways of healing and bring that to present scenario is never old. Buy mangosteen tonic, papaya cider, and coco-papaya vinegar from JNB Industries in Tupi, South Cotabato. Mam Jong will be happy to share her knowledge on the wonders of natural healing. She is a Gawad-Saka Awardee (farmer-scientist). You can reach her through (+63) 0916-795-3154.

BDS

BDS
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