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Weaving equipment donated to Quezon villages seen boosting residents' income.

Residents of five villages here were the recipients of twining and weaving equipment and 1-kilometer farm-to-market (FMR) road project expected to boost their earning capacity.

Twiners and weavers of coconut fibers from barangays Punta, Malvar, Pag-aguasan and Kalilayan Ilaya were recipients of five sets of twining and weaving equipment expected to boost their livelihood activity.

Party-list Rep. Anna Villaraza-Suarez of Alona, Vice Mayor Danilo Suarez Jr., provincial agriculturist Roberto Gajo and barangay officials led the simple turnover ceremonies.

'The equipment is a big boost to our twining activities and will surely raise our earning capacity,' a female middle-aged weaver in Barangay Punta told the BusinessMirror at the sideline of the brief turnover program where Villaraza-Suarez, Suarez and Gajo made inspiring speeches for the participants.

The three leaders urged the participants to make good use of the twining and weaving equipment.

The neophyte congresswoman talked with Melinda Ogma, blind for the past 10 years but learned to weave and has been earning an income of up to P2,000 a month for P2 per piece of a 13-meter-long twine rope used in making a geonet.

A geonet is made using coconut fiber for slope enhancement to prevent landslides on shorelines and riverbanks. A decorticating machine is used to process coconut husks to separate coconut fibers, called coir, from the coco dust.

Gov. David Suarez, through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) headed by Gajo, has partnered with Tropical Prime Coir Corp. (TPCC) to launch a village-type coco-fiber utilization project. Members of the Kalilayan Twiners and Weavers Association in Barangay Ibabang Kalilayan, Punta, Malvar and Pag-aguasan will be the beneficiaries of the project.

Lilibeth Cagula, president of Ilayang Kalilayan Twiners and Weavers Association, said they have 60 household members housed in three core housing, with each member earning P200 to P300 daily in making twine ropes for the production of geonets.

Monette Jacobo, coco-fiber utilization project coordinator at OPA, said their partner TPCC supplies the twiners and weavers with raw materials, such as coco fibers. A geonet is done by two partners who can produce up to three geonets a day. A geonet, measuring 1x25 meters long, fetches P550 each for the partner weavers.

Gajo said that through village-type coco-fiber utilization project, they are giving livelihood and empowering the beneficiaries, according to their level of skill and ability.

At the team-building activity and Christmas party held at Ilayang Kalilayan, Gajo, who acted as the emcee of the program, announced that Villaraza-Suarez and OPA will be conferring awards next year for top-producing twiners and weavers among competing barangays of the project.

After the turnover of the twining and weaving equipment for the three barangays, Villaraza-Suarez and Gajo visited the soon-to-open Quezon Food and Herbal Processing Center and Plants and Root crops Nursery in Barangay Talipan, Pagbilao town.

Earlier, Villaraza-Suarez, Mayor Nonato Puache, Suarez municipal councilors and barangay officials led the blessing and inauguration of the road project in Brangay Bulo Ilaya. The project is expected to benefit its 1,066 residents, along with residents from the adjacent barangays of Burgos, Mairok and up to Kalye Dose on the border of Atimonan town.

The construction of the road project has been funded by the office of Villaraza-Suarez.

'This is just a sample of what we can accomplish. There would be more benefits if we work together to push our barangays toward progress.' Villaraza-Suarez said to the residents of Barangay Bulo Ilaya led by Barangay Chairman Marissa Tapiro and her barangay councilors, referring to the completion of the two-lane road project in the barangay.
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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Jan 10, 2018
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