Issue of July 26, 2009
     
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Micro–entrepreneur from Kalinga invited to SONA
by Larry Lopez and Noryn Bagano

TABUK, KalingaAntuza Refalda, a small entrepreneur from the province who owns the Nor-Ref Food Products and was developed under the government’s livelihood program through the Department of Trade and Industry  is invited to attend President Gloria Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address tomorrow.

Refalda joined other beneficiaries of Maraming Salamat, Pangulong Gloria program from all over the country who were honored with a testimonial at Malacañang last July 15.

This entrepreneur owns and manages the renowned Kalinga Brew, an organic brewed coffee that captivated the preferential taste of coffee lovers. Launched in 2003, under the assistance of DTI-Kalinga, Kalinga Brew has reached exclusive coffee shops and outlets in Macau, Hongkong, China, and Taiwan.

Under the One Town One Product (OTOP) promotion program of DTI, Kalinga Brew found wider market outlets in Cordillera Regional Impakabsat Fair, OTOP Luzon Island Fairs, International Food Expo and National Trade Fairs.

Because of increasing demand for the product, DTI’s International Coffee Organization and Certifying Agency opened new market opportunities for Refalda’s Nor-Ref products abroad.

Today, Nor-Ref products got its latest supreme brewed coffee – Kape de Mutit, also known as civet coffee.

From its humble beginning as a small buy and sell coffee bean enterprise, it was nurtured into a roasted-ground coffee production business, under the auspices of DTI-Kalinga.

From her exposure in field trips, Refalda learned the technology in the brewed coffee business, prompting her to apply for a loan with DTI’s Small Business Guarantee Fund for the purchase of a coffee roasting machine.

Her first brewed coffee products were contained in ordinary plastic jars and sachets sometimes wrapped in cacha cloth and were displayed in trade fairs organized by the DTI, here and outside the province.

Later, Refalda’s packaging was  innovated by DTI’s Pro-duct Development and Design Center of the Philippines to its cartoon design, that was further improved by DOST’s Packaging Research and Development Center, with more marketable labels.

Refalda’s story is among the five success stories chosen nationwide by DTI to elaborate its program on micro-business.

Civet or wild cats, which are common in the uplands of Kalinga, prey on selected ripened coffee varieties, believed to be the source of best coffee taste.

These coffee beans are gathered from the waste of civets and later processed now known as civet coffee.

 
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Pull out of lethal pesticide pushed
   
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Tabuk to pilot regional economic dev’t program
   
Kalinga BIR office ups tax collection
   
CAR records over 20,000 jobs – DOLE
   
Ban to Afghanistan, Iraq urged by gov’t
   
DA awards Gawad Saka to rural group
   
Hike in Benguet cold chain project utilization fee eyed
   
Public market vendors moved
   
DAR selects Pasil, Rizal, Tinglayan for ARISP III
   
Council approves policies on coops livelihood fund
   
BIR, CBAO discuss policies that cater to PWD’s needs
   
Bangued satellite market now open
   
OWWA helps 100 displaced OFWs
   
Dads approve revised Baguio Tourism Code
   

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Trained Tuba farmers to sell crops to buyers in giant mall

Pull out of lethal pesticide pushed

Firm supports efforts to curtail pesticide misuse

Tabuk to pilot regional economic dev’t program

Kalinga BIR office ups tax collection

CAR records over 20,000 jobs – DOLE

Ban to Afghanistan, Iraq urged by gov’t

DA awards Gawad Saka to rural group

Hike in Benguet cold chain project utilization fee eyed

Public market vendors moved

DAR selects Pasil, Rizal, Tinglayan for ARISP III

Council approves policies on coops livelihood fund

BIR, CBAO discuss policies that cater to PWD’s needs

Bangued satellite market now open

OWWA helps 100 displaced OFWs

Dads approve revised Baguio Tourism Code


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