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Aklan town is RP's best LGU OTOP implementer

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (10 March) -- The town of Numancia in the province of Aklan has been adjudged as the country's Best LGU One Town, One Product (OTOP) implementer, and as such, will be receiving the award on March 12, 2010 during the National OTOP Congress at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City, Manila.

Before bagging the prestigious national award, Numancia bested other provincial entries in Region 6, emerging the regional winner. The three Visayan regions- Central, Eastern and Western were then clustered, after which Numancia also emerged as the Island Winner in the Visayas.

Numancia Mayor Elverita Templonuevo, elated but emotional during a radio interview over RMN-DYKR radio station here while sharing the news, said she will be going to Manila to receive the award, together with her husband, former Mayor Ernesto I. Templonuevo who initiated the OTOP project (Vermicast Organic Fertilizer), Razel Gomez, the cooperative president, Brenda Marte, Municipal Agriculturist and Philomena Valencia of DTI-Aklan.

Mayor Templonuevo said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will personally hand them the award.

OTOP is a program of President Arroyo which is patterned from the One Village, One Product (OVOP) of Japan.

Under this program, towns will identify a product which they could develop as their common product or enterprise. In Aklan, all towns have their identified OTOPs. Kalibo has the loom-woven Piņa cloth, Banga has its fruits, Nabas, bariw products, Lezo its potteries, etc.

Mayor Templonuevo said the town's OTOP, Vermicast Organic Fertilizer, is a project that has a great impact on poverty alleviation, the people's livelihood and the environment.

"We can already see the effects of El Niņo. Every Numanciahanon could benefit from this program, the town being an agricultural area. I challenge every Numanciahanon - we need this organic fertilizer to help Mother Earth, to improve our quality of life by eating organically-produced vegetables, fruits and rice", Mayor Templonuevo said.

The vermicast method, which utilizes earthworms, also helps much in the municipality's waste management program. (PIA) [top]

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