Aguinaldo, Ifugao – Next time you are about to burn or throw away corn husks, banana stalks, or driftwood after your harvest, think twice. There is money in these so-called agricultural wastes!
Having been observed that many corn husks, banana stalks, and driftwood are being put to waste in the locality, the local government of Aguinaldo town in Ifugao, under the leadership of Mayor Gaspar Chilagan Jr., thought of upcycling such into vibrant crafts.
The LGU partnered with the Negosyo Center of the Department of Trade and Industry in the locality which then hired skilled workers to train its constituents from various villages of said town.
The training-workshop on corn husks, banana stalks, and driftwood crafts innovation started Wednesday, June 07 at the Municipal Gymnasium and will culminate on Friday.
The program commenced with a lecture on the procedure followed by hands-on activities.
Using corn husks, banana stalks, and driftwood as their raw materials, the participants created products such as wallets, flower vases, lamp shade, pot holders, and baskets, among others.
After teaching basic skills, the trainers will then expound on making the crafts more attractive with the use of dye.
Other than utilizing the waste for profit, it will likewise help the environment. Added to that, products out of eco-friendly and biodegradable waste are recognized both in the local and international markets.
“We are hoping na after the training eh mag invest mga participants into crafts businesses since marami naman silang mapagkukunan ng raw materials dito mismo sa Aguinaldo,” said Tourism Officer Melissa Lapugan in a statement.
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