Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted livelihood training for Panay Bukidnon Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Calinog.
The 3-day conduct of Cassava Livelihood Training happened on November 13-15, 2018 at Regatta Hotel in Iloilo City.
Richard Jamelo, Senior Irrigators Development Officer (IDO), said that the training aimed to capacitate the IPs in setting up an Indigenous Peoples’ Center where they can showcase their products and possibly be commissioned to serve food during National Irrigation Administration (NIA) activities.
Said training involved Food Safety Concepts, Cassava Products and By-products, Lecture and Demonstration on Labelling, and, Packaging and Marketing of Cassava by-products. Trainees were also given the chance to make and bake products made of cassava.
Ms. Mayflor Cepeda, the resource person, said that the training was specifically focused on the preparation of cassava food products.
“Sa Alibunan and other parts of Calinog damo tanum nga balinghoy and saging (In Alibunan and other parts of Calinog, cassava and banana are heavily cultivated)”, she said.
Cepeda added that through this training, the IP community can now offer innovative products to tourists and workers which are expected to influx Calinog during and after the construction of JRMP II.
Also part of the training was to enhance and improve the participants’ skills in the proper handling of food products.
Ms. Remia Castor, one of the IP trainees, said that this training will help them earn extra income.
“Daku gid ang akon pasalamat sa NIA sa ini nga training (I am very thankful to NIA for this training)”, she said.
Before the training ended, participants were asked to present their outputs including their finished products complete with packaging. Some of their products were cassava cake, cassava polvoron, cassava barbecue, puto, cuchenta, banana chips and pichi-pichi. /JP Ramon Salvilla