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Friday, November 25, 2016

Bicolano seaman notches top spot in NRCO business plan competition

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov 24 (PIA) --  A Bicolano seaman from Manito Albay bagged the P.5 million top prize for the 2016 Business Plan competition  of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs - Integrated Seaman of the Philippines (NRCO-ISP).

“It’s a lucky time for Bicol. This is another national award by year-end.” DOLE Bicol officer in charge Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

Ryan Mark A. Antiquera is an active seaman for six years and is currently aboard the Philippine Transmarines Carriers.

His winning business plan entry entitled “Soft Broom Making” was judged as the best business plan in the entire country. The entries were adjudged based on the project feasibility, use of raw materials, and impact on community development.

According to NRCO Bicol Coordinator Ms. Kristina Briguera-Oliveros, Antiquera’s   winning entry captivated the national judges due to its livelihood impact not only to the plan maker but the entire community as well since ‘soft broom’ is said to be the popular native product of Manito, Albay.

The Soft Broom Making plan includes the cultivation, planting of tiger grass, of the owner’s 7-hectare agricultural property up to the actual making of the soft broom.

“In planting the tiger grass alone, the project is already expected to employ some 20-30 local farmers and more employment is expected to be generated come the actual production of the soft broom,” Oliveros said.

 Trayvilla added that soft broom making in said area is a local skill and has even become more like a “part time” hubby of stay-home mothers.

“The raw materials are available and the skills are inherent to locals. We believe that this business plan will really take off. With this project, we are even eyeing Manito as the future global exporter of soft broom,” she said.

The “Soft Broom Business Plan” has topped among 40 submitted entries nationwide.

Another Bicolano entry from Mr. And Mrs. Allan Delfin of Libmanan, Camarines Sur “Producing and Selling Naturally Gorwn Rice, Ducks and Eggs through Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System” has also entered the top 40 slot and has won a consolation prize of P20,000.00.

 “Technically we have two winners from Bicol. Although, the entry of the spouses Delfin’s were in the consolation prize, for us, DOLE and NRCO Bicol they still winners.” Trayvilla said.

With the half million cash prize, the implementation of the “Soft Broom Making” project is expected to start by December this year.(SAA/DOLE5/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571479972777/bicolano-seaman-notches-top-spot-in-nrco-business-plan-competition#sthash.NZoSvwLc.dpuf

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