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DAR opens business center in Ilocos Norte

news reg 1 pix 1 april 1 2017SARRAT, Ilocos Norte—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently opened a business center that showcases the products of various agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the province.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Vic M. Ines said the business center is designed to help the ARCs in marketing their products.

“We aim to make the products more accessible to prospective buyers,” Ines said.

Among the products available at the business center are blankets, pillow cases, bags and purses made of “binakol”.

Binakol is a hand-woven fabric with a black and white color combination that features the kinuskos or twister design. 

The products are made by women weavers of the San Jose Multipurpose Cooperative (SJMPC) in the town of Sarrat.news reg 1 pix 2 april 1 2017

Also available in the business center are the following products: tamarind wine of the Camanga Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative in Badoc; Ilocos vinegar of the Malampa Multipurpose Cooperative in Bacarra; rice crackers of Camguidan Multipupose Cooperative in Batac City; and rice coffee of the Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative in Banna.

news reg 1pix 3 april1 2017The business center is located at the office of DAR Ilocos Norte, 3rd Floor, Pacific Building, Don E. Ruiz St., Laoag City.  (Jorge Guerrero)

Photo 1: The Banna Blend Rice Coffee of Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative is available at the business center of DAR Ilocos Norte. 

Photo 2: The business center aims to help the agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in marketing their products.

Photo 3: One of the bestsellers in the DAR Ilocos Norte’s business center are the woven products called “binakol” of the San Jose Multipurpose Cooperative of Sarrat.

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