TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Trade and Industry through its Negosyo Centers recently conducted skills training to local entrepreneurs and other sectors to help capacitate them for additional income or sustainable business opportunities.
Nineteen individuals composed of persons deprived of liberty, Alternate Learning School learners, and local micro entrepreneurs completed the skills enhancement training conducted by the DTI-Tabuk City Negosyo Center.
The training on Technology Course on Wood and Bamboo Crafts with Designing and Prototyping was aimed to further capacitate the handicraft skills of the participants with new and highly-intensive designs and prototypes of wood and bamboo crafts which can be added to their product lines.
Through resource person Paul Henry Abad, various product outputs were introduced such as bamboo lamp, towel rack, vases, planters, baskets, console table, bedside table, and wall decors.
DTI Kalinga expressed its support to the handicraft products of the PDLs of Tabuk District Jail through product promotion and exhibit, and market matching to attract potential clientele.
In Balbalan, 15 local carpenters underwent Commercialized Bamboo Kiosk Making training at Maglayas Furniture Shop in Saltan in Barangay Balbalasang.
The five-day training from Nov. 23 to 29 was aimed to use the use of bamboos which are abundant in the locality into more useful products for additional source of income.
The participants handed over the best finished bamboo kiosk to LGU-Balbalan through the Tourism Office for promotion. The other outputs will be set as sample for reproduction.
Odessa Garcia of the LGU Tourism Office assured the participants the support of their office in the promotion and development of their products.
The Rizal Negosyo Center also conducted training which was aimed to increase the value of farm harvests of the students of DBM Agricultural Farm School through the introduction of new products in the market.
Sixteen participants from barangays Babalag East, Liwan East and Calaocan were recently trained on processing chili paste with Julie Mangliwan, owner and manager of YnaNong Food Products, as trainer.
A training on organizational development was also conducted by the Rizal Negosyo Center to officers and members of Bakir Vegetable and Corn Farmers Association, Kapapayaan Farmers Association, Calaocan Water Works and Alpha and Omega Food Processing Association to improve the operations, increase collaboration, and promote teamwork among members.
Evelyn Likigan, Senior Environmental Management Specialist of CENRO Tabuk City and Co-Founder of Challengers Agriculture Cooperative, as resource person in the activity on Nov. 29. – Peter Balocnit