About 35 stakeholders and micro entrepreneurs in Isabela town, attended that two-day bamboo propagation and management training at the Liga Hall, DILG bldg, in the town, February 14-15.
Marjorie Cajeven from the University of the Philippines-Visayas, the main speaker,discused the potentials of bamboo and the alternative livelihood it can offer to the locals.
Cajeven said that bamboo, known as the tree of life has multiple use not just for toothpicks, matches or fences.
With the use of modern technogy bamboo can be used for furnitures and interior design.
Cajeven and the stakeholders also
met with Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla III at his office.
Montilla lauded the program,and said there are about 20,000 bamboo trees in the locality that can be utilized for the project.
He added that there are also areas that can be used for bamboo propagation.
The 2-day training seminar was a project of the Department of Trade and Industry using the bottom-up budgeting scheme.
Through the scheme the Department of Trade and Industry in provides the funds that municipal governments can use in priming up local industries and help small entrepreneurs become competitive.
BUB, also called participatory budgeting, is a modern approach to planning in the use of the government’s financial resources that is different from the usual top-down budgeting where high level executives make all the decisions in fund dispensation.
This scheme provides prospective beneficiariesthe opportunity to be involved in setting their own goals and expectations for a given financial period.*
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