ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, June 10 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) spearheaded the turnover of a twin ripsaw and a pole cutter to Cardona’s Balibago Multi Purpose Cooperative (BMPC) in an effort to empower the local bamboo industry in the province.
DTI 4A and DTI-Rizal with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Rizal, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Rizal, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Cottage Industry Training Center (CITC) formally turned over said shared service facilities on May 29 at Brgy. Balibago, Talim Island, Cardona, Rizal. The facilities will be used to process bamboo into blocks or tiles.
DTI-4A Regional Director Marilou Quinco-Toledo stated during the turnover ceremony that they has indicated 34 products based on clustering, including bamboo, which can help the countryside experience inclusive growth. According to Toledo, Calabarzon has up to P70 million allotted for shared service facility funds for priority areas.
CDA Provincial Cooperative Development Specialist Bienvenida Celestra added that since the recent difficulties experienced by the local fishery sector in Laguna Lake, government agencies have been looking for alternative ways to help locals earn money such as Cardona’s promising bamboo industry.
BMPC Chairman Generoso Francisco thanked the various agencies for their assistance in behalf of the cooperative while Cardona Mayor Bernardo P. San Juan Jr. extended thanks not only to the national government agencies but to President Noynoy Aquino as well.
“We should also be thankful to our president since he has a hand in these projects.” Said Mayor San Juan.
Prior to the turnover, members of the cooperative were provided skills training by CITC’s Elvin Dimasuay and DTI-Rizal.
Also present during the turnover ceremony were Cardona Vice Mayor Teodula Campo, DOLE-Rizal Senior Labor and Employment Officer Vicky Natauan, DTI Rizal Business Development Divison Chief Joe Ramos, DTI Regional and Provincial Staff, DOST Rizal staff, local officials and BMPC members. (CPG/GG/PIA4A-Rizal)