CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 8--A total of 35 farmer-members of Mambuaya Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association (MAISFFA), Inc. will benefit from the PHP2.4M worth of bamboo equipment turned over by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on March 5.
With the establishment of bamboo processing hub in the barangay, it aims to increase their income and improve their livelihood in their area in Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City.
Spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Almer Masillones and barangay officials of Mambuaya, the association received P2.4 million worth of equipment comprising bamboo splitting machine, high speed strip planning machine, glue coating machine, and hot press machine.
The project, under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) of Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management - Livelihood Enhancement Support (INREMP-LES) 2 is a DTI-led special project with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Another ceremonial turnover of the same project was held in the afternoon of the same day during the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and Regional Task Force (RTF)-ELCAC X Meeting with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP).
The certificate of turnover was officially handed by DTI Assistant Secretary Nino Contreras and Northern Mindanao Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Ermedio Abang to Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno.
The turnover of the bamboo processing hub was in line with the government-initiated programs under the poverty reduction, livelihood and employment cluster and with DTI's mandate to provide continuous assistance to priority areas and beneficiaries by bringing its services and programs closer to the indigenous people. (DTI10)