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CASCOFAMCO chairperson Adan V. Laurilla signed the deal with representatives from the Lonoy, Sapian Kasaganahan Sa Niyugan ay Kaunlaran ng Bayan; Cayus, Pilar Small Coconut Farmers Organization; and Tapaz Marketing Cooperative.
On Dec. 29, 2016, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Capiz Provincial Office granted CASCOFAMCO with P1.55 million worth of two units of decorticators, four units of handlooms and 22 units of twining.
Of the facilities, CASCOFAMCO will operate one unit handloom while the rest of the equipment were entrusted to its three association-members to help them expand their operation from mere buying stations of coconuts to producers of coir, twines and geonets. CASCOFAMCO will act as consolidator or marketing arm of its members.
DTI-Capiz provincial director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Capiz provincial manager Jeffrey De Los Reyes, and DTI-6 regional SSF coordinator Henry Tampani were present during the activity.
Both heads of DTI and PCA delivered their messages which motivated the end-beneficiaries of the project. Tampani, on the other hand, provided inputs on the market opportunities for coco coir.
According to the DTI, the organizations are expected to make full use of the facilities to start a business on coco coir production. The agency hopes that the project will provide employment and income opportunities that will eventually improve the quality of life of the people in their communities. (DTI/PN)