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CITY'S ABACA INDUSTRY, STRENGTHENS

A 5-day skills training on Abaca processing was organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 at Barangays Nataban and Prosperidad of San Carlos City because of availability of raw materials in the areas as well as high demand in the market, with a budget of P1.3 M under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of said office.

Trainees during the Abaca Processing Workshop at 

Barangays Nataban and Prosperidad.

Barangays Nataban and Prosperidad of San Carlos City were chosen as venues for the 5-day skills training on Abaca processing by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 because of availability of raw materials as well as high demand in the market, with a budget of P1.3 M under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of said office.

A total of 95 recipients (50 from Brgy. Nataban, 45 from  Brgy. Prosperidad) benefitted from said training which included knotting, twining, braiding of Abaca fibers and hopefully the recipients will create products made of Abaca at the end of the training.

Stephen Arnel Valiao, Project Development Officer of DSWD-SLP said they prioritize 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program) beneficiaries and focused in Barangays Nataban and Prosperidad to be the sites for the training wherein Abaca resources and plantation exist.

Valiao added, a site survey was initiated before beneficiaries underwent assessment for final lists of participants and provided with necessary materials needed in the processing including meal and fare allowances.

Brgy. Capt. Meliton Unabia of Prosperidad, thankful for the opportunity given and urged beneficiaries to put effort in their works because in the long run their skills will help their families in providing additional incomes.

On the other hand, San Carlos City Abaca Industry Federation (SCCAIF) members Jesus Lito Benimerito and Elvira Cañete trained the recipients on the correct and proper technique to accomplish one product at a time.