Thursday, March 22, 2018


Bunawan bags undergo product enhancement to attract more buyers

BUNAWAN, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 22 - Eighteen (18) Indigenous Peoples (IPs) from the municipalities of Bunawan (15) and Loreto (3) have been trained to upgrade the quality of their handcrafted bags made of water hyacinth, romblon and rattan which are abundant in their respective localities.

In an earlier product mapping and site visit by Negosyo Center (NC) Bunawan staff, it was noted that the bags being produced needed further enhancement to attract more buyers and be promoted to other market outlets.

In partnership with the Panaghiusa Alang sa Kaugalingnan ug Kalingkawasan (PASAKK) Inc., the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur (AdS) thru NC-Bunawan conducted recently the Product Development Clinic (PDC) held at the BMADMCI Heritage Center in Bunawan.

The PDC was actually a follow-up training of the water hyacinth basic weaving, bleaching, dyeing and leathering which was conducted in August last year.

The Cliniquing covered: 1) upgrading on weaving techniques, 2) execution of five (5) designs and 3) product pricing and costing.

Gina Bagasbas, a local designer, who hails from Bunawan was tapped as trainer together with Marivel Tura, a weaving expert in the province.

It was agreed that the three executed designs shall be showcased during the "Buy Caraga by Caraga" regional trade fair in Butuan City this May.

Teodoro Granada, the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) officer of Bunawan expressed their office' support saying they can provide assistance to the group but they need to be organized as a qualified beneficiary first.

An amount of 750,000 can be allocated for handicraft production, he added. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Negosyo Center Bayugan equips PWDs on simple bookkeeping, record keeping

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 22 - The Negosyo Center (NC) in Bayugan City has recently equipped the 45 members of Persons with Disability of Bayugan City Federation Incorporated (PeWDBaFI) on the basics of simple bookkeeping and record keeping.

PeWDBaFI is a proponent of a Shared Service Facility (SSF): Metal Craft and Furniture Shop thru the Bottom-up-Budgeting (BuB) project.

Merlie D. Peñalver, the resource person, shared with the group the basic records they should maintain, the preparation of income statement, the trial balance and balance sheet so financial status of the organization is in-place. Their learning was also applied through a workshop.

“We are very thankful of the new knowledge, even if I could not absorb all but at least we have in our group who can understand easily, which is very important in our organization,” shared Zaldy Claba, member of the organization.

Also, Elphie Plaza, NC counselor, together with the City Social Welfare Development Officer Marilou Aquino of the Local Government Unit of Bayugan City, facilitated the activity. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)