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OTOP-Agusan del Sur showcases LGU initiatives

by Irene B. Lavilla and Corazon dela Peña

Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur (14 August) -- Having identified the "winning" product for each of their towns, the local chief executives have continued to work to collectively push the One Town One Product [OTOP] program in this province, even taking in more products to support.

The OTOP products decided for each of the municipalities are - 1]Sibagat – abaca ; 2] Bayugan City – banana; 3] Prosperidad – rubber; 4] San Francisco – processed food; 5] Rosario – integrated poultry; 6] Bunawan – tourism services; 7] Trento – organic products; 8] Sta. Josefa – organic products; 9] Veruela – rubber; 10] Loreto – rubber; 11] La Paz – rubber; 12] Talacogon – wood products; 13] San Luis – rattan; 14] Esperanza – tilapia.

Abaca in Sibagat is expanding to Prosperidad and Rosario. This is triggered by the high demand on tinagak that the former's production volume could not meet. Bayugan's banana chips is getting into the market with improved packaging and label. It is making sales at the trade fairs.

In support to San Francisco's OTOP, the municipal LGU conceptualized and packaged a P110.6 million "San Francisco OTOP Terminal Complex" project. The facility will serve as the trading center of the town's priority products. As a component, the LGU has also allocated working capital fund assistance to micro-entrepreneurs. The beneficiaries have been provided trainings and assistance on business plan preparation to qualify for the fund.

Tahay and silvercraft of Bunawan are the products developed related to its OTOP – tourism services. Product development assistance has been provided for the tahay and silvercraft. The silvercraft producers were sent to training in Manila and provided materials to execute product prototypes.

Trento LGU has been very aggressive in expanding the product lines they are producing. Inspired by the recent study mission to Thailand participated by Mayor Irenea R. Hitgano, a series of skills trainings on food processing has been conducted. This include: calamansi, meat, banana and coco-sugar.

Recent updates and opportunities inspired the municipalities of Prosperidad, Veruela, Loreto and La Paz to have rubber as their priority product. Thus, Prosperidad issued a resolution changing OTOP from kaong to rubber. Veruela, La Paz and Loreto [though no resolution yet] are changing from banana, palm oil, palm oil-tilapia, respectively. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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