Bangsamoro products showcased in trade expo (October 18, 2016)

DAVAO CITY, October 17 (PIA) Banana chips, pastries, furniture, woven products and liniments take center stage as various Bangsamoro communities in Mindanao present their livelihood showcase at a trade fair and expo that opens until Tuesday in a mall here.

Johaina Kadon, project manager of the Program for Local Economic Development through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment said the activity aims to improve the livelihood and better access to services, building of capacities among the Bangsamoro people and the building of social communities.

She said residents in once-conflict affected areas form community based enterprises, transform local resources into high value products and create sustainable supply and value chain.

“The communities define by themselves the business enterprise they want to pursue and with the assistance of the Bangsamoro Development Agency they are able to assess whether the business enterprise is viable for inclusive growth by way of helping them evaluate the sustainability of their livelihood activities,” Kadon said.

She said the livelihood program is designed for resilience among residents of the community which had been affected by the Mindanao conflict.

A total of 42 people’s organizations from all over Mindanao participate in the fair with the assistance of the Bangsamoro Development Agency through the PLEDGE showcasing 35 different products.

The activity focuses on local economic development and Islamic Values and is funded by the World Bank through the Mindanao Trust Fund with a total pledged budget at PHP 113-Million with the assistance of the International Labor Organization.  (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Date Published: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016