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Siquijor furniture shop grows despite lean times

Province of Siquijor (15 October) -- Pea pod picture frames and wine racks are some of Pajeromo's crafted novelty pieces.

Despite the economic downturn, business has continued to grow for the Pajermo Furniture Shop in Larena, Siquijor thanks to its owner's kill in truning his shop's woodwastes into stylish novelty items.

Using techniques he learned from the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), Roberto S. Pajermo transforms small wood cuts from furniture-processing into wine racks, knife holders and picture frames.

"Before training with FPRDI, I simply used these woodwastes as firewood," recalls Pajermo. "Now I earn Php 15,000 to Php 20,000 a month selling my novelty products to tourists who visit our island's beautiful beaches.

"We're surviving the economic crisis because our woodcrafts are easily within the reach of the tourists. Also, compared to a furniture set that costs from Php 20,000 to 30,000 and are usually sold on a per order basis, our novelties can be sold even without order."

Pajermo started getting help from FPRDI in 2004. "AT that time, business was so bad that we were already at the brink of shutting down," he reminisces. "But then the FPRDI training courses came along and we soon learned how to make use of our processing wastes. We learned how to prepare and dry raw materials, and machine and finish our products."

Pajermo's woodcrafts are slowly gaining attention in other areas in the Visayas. "In recent trade fairs in Cebu. Tagbilaran, Dumaguete and Boracay, we were also able to sell abou 80 percent of our novelty items," reports Pajermo.

"We are also happy that our 'revived shop' is able to give jobs to people in the community," he says. "We have trained some out-of-school youth in the woodcrafts trade and they now work with us. We also source out some jobs like sanding to women in the barrios."

Pajermo is set to whocase his products in the upcoming Buglasan Festival in Dumaguete City this October.

For more information on FPRDI's technical assistance services to the woodcrafts industries, please call tel. nos. (049) 536-2377/2586 or email FPRDI is located at Narra Road, UPLB Campus, College, Laguna. (PIA-Siquijor) [top]

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