Agusan Sur coop to get P2.8-M equipment from DTI-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
AGUSAN DEL SUR -- The Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur Provincial Office (DTI-ADSPO) is set to award P2.8 million worth of engineered-bamboo processing and manufacturing equipment to the San Francisco Association of Differently Abled Person (SAFRAADAP) Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
The awarding of the equipment is part of the agency’s Shared Service Facility program which provides processing equipment or machineries needed by the various industry clusters to increase their productivity.
A cooperator or partner organization (in this case SAFRAADAP) will receive and manage the operation of the facility for the common or shared use of members and other micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the locality for a minimal fee.
The introduction of engineered bamboo offers a new hope to this furniture-making cooperative and other producers dependent on wood who were affected and threatened with the declaration of EO 23 that put the whole country into total log ban.
With SAFRAADAP management’s quest for alternatives, the members willingly embraced this new opportunity on bamboo.
In response, DTI-ADSPO facilitated the conduct of Skills Training on Engineered Bamboo Manufacturing last July 15-17 attended by 20 participants from SAFRAADAP.
Experts from the DTI-Cottage Industry Technology Center (DTI-CITC) taught participants to produce quality bamboo planks for furniture production, floor tiles, door panels and other construction materials.
This was followed by a Business Opportunity Seminar with Mr. Eduardo Manda of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation as the resource speaker last July 25 and 26.
The seminar presented the economic benefits of propagating bamboo as a source of materials for furniture and construction-related products. It also highlighted the need for community involvement for bamboo propagation.
Manda also pointed out that bamboo is the logical choice as a possible substitute to timber. It is reportedly the most sustainable resource because of its ability to reproduce regularly throughout the year.
Bamboo which is classified as a grass is also recognized for its role in combating climate change and in conserving soil and water.
One hectare of bamboo is expected to yield 1,200 matured poles per year. These poles can be sold at 50 to 100 pesos each, and when processed into bamboo slats, these can be sold at triple the price thus giving more income to the bamboo growers.
DTI’s SSF project, on the other hand is open to all cooperators or any juridical entities not limited to NGOs, people’s organizations, cooperatives, industry/trade/business associations and academic institutions that are supporting MSMEs belonging to an identified industry cluster. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 21, 2013.