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Farmers see higher sales on handicrafts in 2020

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Various designs of plant holders made from coco coir produced by members of the Macalpi Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Carigara, Leyte after undergoing training conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with Design Den on how to enhance the designs of their handicrafts.

As the new year comes in, four agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) from different remote villages in Eastern Visayas are looking forward to an improved sales and higher revenues for their handicrafts in 2020.

This came out after members of the said ARBOs underwent skills training towards the end of 2019 on how to enhance the quality and designs of their products.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commissioned the Design Den to train members of agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) to enhance the designs of their handicrafts and be at par with other products in the market.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commissioned the Design Den to train members of agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) to enhance the designs of their handicrafts and be at par with other products in the market.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commissioned the Design Den to train members of agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) to enhance the designs of their handicrafts and be at par with other products in the market.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Central Office commissioned last year the Design Den to conduct the training nationwide to boost the marketability of the handicrafts manufactured by farmers utilizing available raw materials in their area.

Lolinie Botacael, an agrarian reform beneficiary-member of the Villahermosa Oriental Farmers and Fisherfolks Association in Pagsanghan, Samar, shows her design during the training on how to improve their handicrafts conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with Design Den.
Handicrafts made from abaca produced by agrarian reform beneficiary-members of the Hantag Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Maasin, Southern Leyte.

In Region-8, Regional Director Stephen Leonidas disclosed that the ARBOs chosen to undergo the said training were the Macalpi Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MCMPC) in Carigara, Leyte; the Hantag Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (HFMPC) in Maasin City, Southern Leyte; the Villahermosa Oriental Farmers and Fisherfolks Association (VOFFA) in Pagsanghan, Samar; and the Cabacungan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CMPC) in Allen, Northern Samar.
Cynthia Bodo, an agrarian reform beneficiary-member of the Macalpi Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Carigara, Leyte, couldn’t believe she was able to produce a lamp shade made from coco coir during the training for agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with Design Den.

MCMPC is into plant-holder making using coco coir as raw material; HFMPC is into sinamay-weaving using abaca; VOFFA is into bag and hat making using buri; while CMPC is also into bag and hat making but using romblon as its raw material.

Handicrafts made from romblon produced by agrarian reform beneficiary-members of the Cabacungan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Allen, Northern Samar.
Handicrafts made from romblon produced by agrarian reform beneficiary-members of the Cabacungan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Allen, Northern Samar.
Handicrafts made from romblon produced by agrarian reform beneficiary-members of the Cabacungan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Allen, Northern Samar.
Handicrafts made from romblon produced by agrarian reform beneficiary-members of the Cabacungan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Allen, Northern Samar.
Marlene Ajihari of the CMPC was happy of the outcome of the two-day training. According to her, before, their designs were simple and limited, and the size of their bag was fixed.
During the training, they learned more designs and the use of other raw materials available in their area such as shells, as they are living along the shoreline, she added.
She emphasized that they also learned to be flexible and not to limit the sizes of
bags. With her excitement, Marlene showed their outputs to a retired teacher in the
neighborhood and instantly got orders worth ₱450.
Consolacion Cabacang, another member of the CMPC and at 75 years old, said she learned a lot from the training though she had been a weaver since 14 years old.
For the VOFFA members, according to them, they used to produce bags only as container for crabs that are being sold in their town. Each bag was sold at ₱40 only.
Hats and Bag made from buri produced by agrarian reform beneficiary-members of the Villahermosa Oriental Farmers and Fisherfolks Association in Pagsanghan, Samar.
But now, Rosalinda Cubay added, they are inspired to produce fashionable bags and other accessories and sell them at a higher price.
In Carigara, Cynthia Bodo thanked DAR for exposing them to different trainings to help them earn higher.
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) proved they too can produce handicrafts at par with other products in the market.
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) proved they too can produce handicrafts at par with other products in the market.
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) proved they too can produce handicrafts at par with other products in the market.
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) proved they too can produce handicrafts at par with other products in the market.
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) proved they too can produce handicrafts at par with other products in the market.
The transformation of the bag produced by members of the Villahermosa Oriental Farmers and Fisherfolks Association in Pagsanghan, Samar after undergoing training conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with Design Den on how to enhance the designs of their handicrafts.
Aside from plant-holders, they got ideas from the training to produce also other items, such as lamp shades, using coco coir, Bodo excitingly shared their experience. # (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA)

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