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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Coco twine makers in Albay get 1.49M livelihood grant


LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) –The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released this week the P1.49M livelihood grant to coco farmers and twine makers in the province of Albay.

“This is the second livelihood release of our office this year under the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) sytem. Hopefully, we want to see this succeed” DOLE Bicol assistant director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said during the turn-over.

The grant is part of the BUB system of the department which aims to prioritize the development of the grassroots sector in the budgeting process.

The grant was given in a form of equipment, supplies and materials to 150 member-beneficiaries of the Guinobatan Coco Twine Workers Organization (GCTWO) in Guinobatan Albay to be used for coco twine manufacturing.

Members of the GCTWO come from the upland villages of Bubulusan, Lomacao, Malabnig, Upper Binogsacan, Muladbucad Grande, Muladbucad Pequeño, Inascan, Mapaco, Lower Binogsacan, San Jose, and Mauraro.

These villages are known for wide coconut plantation areas.

Guzman said the added facilities can increase production of coco twine products which can eventually augment and be a primary source of income for the beneficiaries.

 “Actually this coco twine making will only serve as their alternative livelihood since their primary livelihood is coconut farming. However, with the income projections from coco twine sales, it may seem that it will become their primary source of income.” ARD Guzman said.

With the new facilities each beneficiary is projected to produce at least 240 hanks of coco twine per day.

The twine can be sold at P2.60 per piece or total sales of P624.00 giving them a projected income of P332.80 per day.

Further weaving the coco twine into a full coco net product can increase the income to P872.00

Coco net is a woven coco twine with a standard dimension of 1-meter by 50-meter. Market demand for this product has increased after being recognized internationally as the best solution in preventing soil erosion.

The Philippines, particularly Bicol, is one of the major suppliers of coco net.

“The future for this product is very promising. We at DOLE foresee that in 2 or 3 years time this project will significantly improve the lives of the beneficiaries.” Guzman added.

Aside from the grant, DOLE will also be helping in identifying potential buyers while the local government of Guinobatan will also be assisting in marketing. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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