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Sadanga adopts "fyayash" as its OTOP

by Andrew Doga-ong

SADANGA, Mt. Province (22 September) -- Municipal officials of this town has adopted "Fvayash", a wine made from sugarcane as their One-Town One Product (OTOP) to help enhance the economic development of this fifth class municipality.

Sangguniang Bayan Resolution Number 51 Series 2007 declared Fvayash wine as the OTOP of Sadanga with legumes and glutinous rice as secondary OTOPs.

Sadanga is famous for its "basi" or fvayash, a naturally fermented wine made from the organically grown sugarcane. Sadanga is also known producer of "foker" or legumes, glutinous rice and peanuts.

Jones Malwagay, Trade and Industry Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said that with the declaration of Fvayash as the town's OTOP,, a complete package of assistance will be provided to include product design and development, skills and entrepreneurial training, marketing and promotion assistance, and introduction of appropriate technologies to improve the identified product.

A memorandum of agreement between the local government unit of Sadanga, the Provincial Tourism Council, the Mt Province Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council and DTI agreed to converge their services to harness the production and promotion of Fvayash.

Malwagay said the traditional practice of making fvayash needs to be improved through the use of new technologies to ensure its market not only locally but globally.

He added that the existing sugar wine producers like the Riverside Fvayash Association of barangays Anabel and Betwagan will also be strengthened.

Earlier, the other municipalities of Mt. Province also identified their respective OTOPs: Bauko - Fruit wine production, Bontoc - Eco-Cultural tourism, Natonin - Abaca weaving, Sabangan and Sagada - Eco Tourism. The towns of Paracelis, Barlig, Besao and Tadian are yet to declare their OTOPs.

Mt. Province in general is promoting eco-tourism industry as the provincial OTOP.

OTOP - Philippines is one priority program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which seeks to create jobs through enterprise promotion and development.

The improved Fvayash wine is expected to be on display during the forthcoming Provincial Trade Fair this December. (PIA-MP) [top]

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