The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cagayan Provincial Office and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) collaborated with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Rizal, Cagayan and conducted the Skills Training on Leatherized Banana Stalks Manipulation on March 8-11, 2018 in Barangay Duyun, Rizal, Cagayan.

Tthe skills training is first of the two-part collaboration among DTI, DAR and LGU Rizal in the development of new products from banana, a raw material swarming in abundance in the area. The training was participated in by thirty (30) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and MSMEs of Rizal, Cagayan.

Ms. Madelyn B. Bulan and her team provided instructions and hands-on training on how to treat and transform banana stalks for a leatherized look. The leatherized banana stalks are used as wallpapers, as wraps for desk lamps, and other decorative ideas. The team shall provide another round of product development activity to the same participants, this time introducing new products out of the leatherized banana stalks, which is tentatively scheduled this  April, 2018.

“There is a market for leatherized banana stalks. In fact, products using the leatherized banana stalks have been featured in national fairs and have received positive feedbacks from customers,” said Ms. Bulan, a former DTI-CARP employee.

“With the abundance of bananas in the area, and with the trainings provided by the government, the local administration, under the leadership of Mayor Brenda Ruma, hopes for the MSMEs to tap this opportunity and turn it into a lucrative business,” said Mr. Remigio C. Taguba, Executive Assistant of LGU Rizal, who also opened the training and welcomed the participants. 

The training is one of the components of the Support to SSF and Yaman Pinoy Project of LGU Rizal under DTI-BuB 2016 fund.