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Gov't readies funds for mango puree processing plant for Nueva Vizcaya

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (June 22) -- To provide livelihood opportunities for women workers here, the government has recently allocated at least P1 million for the establishment of a mango puree processing plant in the province.

The government through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has set aside P1million under Poverty Free Zone Program(PFZP) for use in the construction of the processing plant in arangay Kirang, in Aritao town which will primarily benefit 25 women workers and their families.

The PFZP which operates on a convergence approach between concerned agencies and local government units focuses on helping sectors in a certain community to operationalize their livelihood project.

“With this project, the beneficiaries are expected to increase their income by 10 percent for the first year,” said Hilario Gracia, Senior Labor and Employment Officer.

The proponents of the project also expressed optimism on the feasibility of the mango puree processing plant since the road network going to Baguio City through the Kayapa-Benguet route is now rehabilitated which would cut travel time from 7 hours to 3 hours.

The proponents also said they are now working for an agreement with the Department of Education for the use of extracted mango juices which will be sold to elementary, high school and college students.

Another additional income from the project, proponents said will be the processing of its waste materials into organic fertilizers which will be sold to farmers at an affordable cost.

“In this way, all materials will be converted into income which ensures the project’s success,” Gracia said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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