A business opportunity emerged for barangay residents in Allacapan, Cagayan.

In a Coconut Handicrafts Skills Training coordinated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Cagayan, in collaboration with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Allacapan on June 9-11, 2018, farmers, housewives and students from different barangays turned coconut scraps into valuable items from which they could economically benefit.

Through the guidance and assistance of experts, the training participants produced home decors, sling bags, coin purse, lampshades and fashion accessories from coconut shells that were previously lying in waste in street corners waiting to be gathered by garbage collectors or scattered to dry on road sides for firewood.

The participants received the technology from Mr. Romulo M. Tapel, industrial design & design Director of TRENDisenio Product Design & Consultancy, and Ms. Imelda B. Datul, international trade fair curator and product development & design Director of Dekostyle Design Service, who, after the training quipped: ““I am happy with the training output. The participants learned fast, were very aggressive,and were able to execute the designs well.”  She said that there is a great opportunity awaiting the group as evidenced by their output.

Attended by coconut farmers, housewives and students, the handicrafts training was a component of an Industry Clustering Project, a Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) funded project awarded to the municipality of Allacapan.

Honorable Harry D. Florida, Mayor of Allcapan, committed full support to the project in order for this to bloom into a sustainable livelihood for the residents of Allacapan and to contribute to economic vibrancy in the locality.

In addition to the training conducted, DTI – Cagayan is contemplating to provide the trainees additional assistance on product development through the OTOP Next Gen Project.