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.
higher sales on handicrafts in 2020
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
January 17, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – 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) 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.
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.
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
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 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 P450.
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
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 P40
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
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