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DISPLACED MINING WORKERS IN PALAWAN BOON FROM COCO COIR SUMMIT

The DOLE–MIMAROPA in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted the COCO COIR Summit on 24-25 January 2017 at Crystal Paradise Resort at Brgy. Antipuluan, Narra, Palawan. 

The two (2) day summit aims to give insights on the importance of COCO COIR and its market and to help promote/market the product of DOLE assisted livelihood associations which are composed of the displaced mining workers of Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation (CMDC) and Berong Nickel Corporation (BNC) in Palawan.

 The primary products of these associations would be Coco Net and Coco Logs. Coco Net has been widely adapted in infrastructure and rehabilitation projects all over Asia because it is cheap to install unlike other modern alternatives. It holds the soil down against erosion, absorbs water, preventing soil run off from rains while serving as a fertile bed for plants to grow.

 

 Coir (pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪər/), or coconut fibre, is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses. Coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut.

 

Five (5) participants from each of these associations; Coco Coir Association, Coco Power Association, Pulot Interior Association and Samahan ng mga Manggagawa ng Bato-Bato as well as representatives from the DTI, NIA DPWH, witnessed the entire activity.

 

Western Philippines University agricultural students with their College of Engineering Technology Dean Mirianni  Banlawe demonstrated to the participants the process of decorticating  and twining of the coir. All participants tried their hands on the machine to produce their own coir’s. Thereafter, DTI conducted the business plan in preparing for their respective proposals.

 

Among the attendees were Narra Municipal Mayor Lucena D. Demaala, DTI ARD Rudy Marispoque, Noel Florido of Cocos Nucifera Pacific Enterprises, and Calixto Bana-ay of Cardinal Agri Products. Mr. Bana-ay encouraged displaced workers to collaborate with them for job opportunities as they are still hiring in Brookespoint, Palawan while Mr. Florido shared his expertise/experiences on job creation.

 

As a convergence endeavour, the DOLE and other national government agencies like DTI, DA, PCA, NIA, and DENR are enjoined to help these displaced workers in achieving their goals the soonest possible time while the DPWH and Mining companies, among others would serve as end users of their produce.

 

End/MA. SOCORRO U.MARQUEZ

LLCO/LCO-DESIGNATE-PALAWAN Field Office  

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