DTI beefs up tahong processing industry through trainings
By Ninfa B Quirante
Tacloban City (20 April) -- With the tahong (mussels) processors having raised the issue on limited skills training on processing, DTI with funding from RUMEPP (Rural Micro Enterprise promotion Program) immediately embarked on training schedules in Villareal and Jiabong.
On April 16-17, 2007 the Mussel Producers and Farmers Associations of Villareal (some 61 kilometers south of Samar's capital town) attended a training on mussel processing for product diversification for two days.
Those who attended the seminar-workshop are folks engaged in the mussel industry from the four or five cooperatives/groups in Villareal town.
In a phone interview with Mayor Reynato La Torre, he confirmed that it was the third training in Villareal and that some freezers for the purpose have been donated to his town.
He added that the training can help the processors earn knowledge in processing other tahong based products like bottled tahong, dried tahong, tahong embutido and spicy tahong.
According to DTI Provincial Director Ruthelma Samonte, it was DTI Samar who prepared the training materials and the equipments.
In line with DTI's One Town One Product (OTOP) Program, municipalities are geared up for the management of local light industries. Aside from improving commerce in the province and additional revenue for the local government, the program aims to generate jobs for locals and develop workers to be skilled.
As of presstime, RUMEPP/DTI is conducting another training in Jiabong town which also claims Tahong Processing as their OTOP.
The training cum-workshop will not only provide locals the needed skills but may also generate support services including marketing and fund sourcing for capital from the training organization. (PIA-Samar) [top]