By Johny S. Natad
Alegria, Surigao del Norte, March 10 – The Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) investment specialist and product design specialist recently visited the four Lake Mainit municipalities on March 4-5, 2014.
Vivian Castillon, the BPP investment specialist met the LGU officials, employee and peoples’ organization (POs) of the municipalities of Tubod, Alegria, Kitcharao and Jabonga to validate the identified existing biodiversity-friendly business enterprises and to determine needed supports of intervention.
“The BPP is promoting biodiversity-friendly enterprise existing in the area and help to determine the needed intervention to scale up the enterprise in order to match it in the prevailing market,” Castillon emphasized.
Castillon added that the visit also intend to determine existing skills of the POs on their existing business enterprise. The enterprise identified should be enhanced and the products should be value added. With this, the project aims to help the existing enterprise enhance its design or improve the product packaging.
Along with Castillon are the designing specialist from Design Center of the Philippines like Ms. Ria Ann Legaspi, the senior industrial designer and Mr. Jesus Dumilod, the junior researcher who identified necessary skills training and product development to POs who engage their biodiversity-friendly enterprises.
During the visit, the participating POs presented their products mostly used of fabric cloths and jean, bamboo, rattan, abaca, nito, agsam and water lily.
Based on the colloquial conversation with the POs and the LGU representatives, the team identified skills enhancement and product design development of the participating POs who are engaging biodiversity-friendly enterprises as part of the project support intervention.