By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, July 31 (PIA) — More people from Abra are now given employment through the production process of engineered bamboo(eBamboo) products particularly school chairs.
Derdrei Rochell Luna-Ifurong, chairperson of Tingguian Iloko Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TimpCo), declared this as she disclosed she had closed a deal of P7 million worth of school chairs with the Department of Education (DepEd) in Regions 1, 3, 5, 6, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Ifurong said it was not easy to promote the eBamboo industry since bamboo easily gets damaged when inadequately and inappropriately treated.
However, with proper guidance and technical assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Abra headed by Arell F. Banez, provincial director and other agencies of government, Ifurong was able to make the eBamboo appreciated since she started the TimpCo in 2008.
The eBamboo industry is likewise seen as sustainable because of the abundance of supply of raw materials which the group helps sustain by conducting massive planting of bamboos in the areas where her members and workers reside so that the raw materials are accessible in the workshop site.
Aside from the school chairs, the TimpCo also produces bamboo planks, tiles, sawali, and other furniture and fixtures for homes and offices.
Banez assured DTI’s their continuing support to the operation of the TimpCo.
In fact, Banez said, they have been looking into the sustainability of the eBamboo being carried out by the group.
He also said that they are now in the process of working on the documentation of the activities of the TimpCo in preparation for the nomination process of the cooperative for the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Star Awards to be conferred next year by the DTI.
The DTI is promoting various products made of bamboo in line with the government’s thrust to promote the material for climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)