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PIA Press Release
2010/02/08

Free training for mango stakeholders set February 11 in Digos City

Davao City (8 February) -- At least 120 mango stakeholders of the Davao Region will convene on February 11 at Crisbelle Hotel in Digos City in a bid to revitalize the commodity that has been helping the local economy afloat.

The Technology and Organizational Development Training for the mango farmers and growers is an initiative of the Davao Region Mango Industry Cluster (DRMIC).

DRMIC chair Antonio Y. Teh said that the training will provide the participants a comprehensive guidance on how to improve their productivity.

"This is really an opportunity for our farmers especially that they are not paying anything for the training," he said.

Teh added that the DRMIC is also encouraging the local government units (LGUs) to actively participate in facilitating the enhancement-capacity building of mango growers through the conduct of trainings. These trainings will not only directly help the mango growers but will also strengthen the aim of the sector to sustain its presence in the Davao Region Industry Cluster Teams (which includes the banana, coconut, seaweed, wood, mining, tourism, and information and communications technology, aside from the mango cluster). Moreover, he said, the organizations involved in the mango industry cluster will be strengthened further.

"The active participation of our LGUs in extending facilitation of the enhancement-capacity building through formal and informal training of our mango growers will surely strengthen the sustainability of the organizations in the industry cluster," he said.

Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry-Davao del Sur (DTI-DS) provincial director Engr. Edwin O. Banquerigo said that the local mango industry has to be boosted further for it to continuously contribute to the economy’s achievements.

"We are hoping to improve our mango products and penetrate additional export markets other than our present buyers that include Japan, France, and Singapore," Banquerigo said.

The development of the local mango industry has been among the major objectives of the Davao Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (DICCEP) – a project spearheaded by the DTI with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 has also been very supportive of this particular endeavor.

Interested participants may contact Ms. Joy dela Victoria at mobile phone numbers (0908) 2724158, (0922) 8571204, and (0916) 2337810. (dti11/jmm) [top]

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