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ARBs in Tausuvan Falls train in handicraft making

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY,  North Cotabato,  June  6  (PIA)   --  Local and  foreign tourists   visiting the scenic Tausuvan  Falls   in Barangay  Bongolanon in Magpet, North Cotabato can now buy  indigenous souvenir  items  from   agrarian reform beneficiaries  (ARBs)  in the areas who were recently  trained  in handicraft  making.  

Tausuvan  Falls, popularly referred to as   Bongolanon  Falls, has been  a  favorite  destination   for day-time and  overnight  picnics  because it is  easily accessible  from Kidapawan City and  nearby  places but  visitors  leave the place only  with photos and  the experience of  dipping into ice-cold, crystal-clear water.

Just recently, the Department of Agrarian Reform in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Tourism Office of LGU-Magpet conducted a two-day skills training  in making  handicrafts  out of coconut shells.

Trainees included 23 agrarian reform beneficiary households in Bongolanon Agrarian Reform Community (ARC)  who  were  taught making  of key chains, wallets and  wallets  with  key chains  from  coconut  shells that are  often

“Coconut shells are usually used as charcoal and latex cups for rubber plantations here in the Province. With this skills training, ARBs are taught how to convert coconut shells into useful handicrafts as souvenir items which could also enhance the tourism in their area,” DTI representative Angelito Villar said.

Villar also said that the livelihood project extended to the community is very feasible owing to the abundant source of raw materials in the area.

He is positive that with the interest and cooperation of the community, the livelihood project could become successful and sustainable in the long run.

Meanwhile, Provincial Agrarian Reform Provincial Officer Marion Abella said the livelihood project will surely boost the socio-economic condition of the ARBs by providing them additional income and generating employment among ARB households and out-of-school youth in the area.

“DAR is grateful to agencies such as the DTI and LGU-Magpet for their continuous assistance and partnerships in alleviating poverty and promoting development in the ARCs,”  Abella  said.

“Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our ARBs through the delivery of support services such as this livelihood project,” she added.

After the training, the DTI also provided the participants with equipment and materials they could use for their livelihood project.

These  consisted of  1 electric bench grinder, 2 hand drills with drill bits, 2 hack saws, and other supplies such as vinyl tiles, cutter, zipper, nylon thread, sand paper, key chain rings, and rugby.

Management and care of these  equipment  and  tools  has been  consigned to the  Bongolanon Agrarian Reform Workers’ Association.

DAR, DTI, and LGU-Magpet will also conduct the same livelihood project skills training in Kisandal and Tagbac ARCs of Magpet.

Residents  around  Tausuvan Falls sell the  handicraft  products   at the following prices: key chain- P25.00; wallet - P50.00; wallet with key chain - P75.00. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with ROrejudos DAR-North Cotabato)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611402024974

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