I also make sure that I have practical approaches that will benefit the poor like these decorticating machine and coco coir processing machine o facility," related Villar, also chair of the Senate environment committee.
One of the livelihood programs that I set up through the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) the coconet-weaving enterprise uses the decorticating machine.
The forum paved way for these local coconet processors to acquire knowledge on how they can meet the product standards, new technology used in production, strategies and laymanized techniques and on the principles to practice when using the decorticating machine developed and designed by PCA ZRC.
Bongcaron demonstrated how to operate the decorticating machine.
Two members of DWCC were trained in operating the decorticating
machine and the rest were taught how to feed discarded coconuts to undergo decortication process.
He explained that as of now there are three (3) operational decorticators in the province located in three towns namely: Huzety Enterprise located at Barangay Daganas, Catarman; Lope de Vega Decorticating Facility, Lope de Vega; and Aksyon Kalinga Para sa Masa (AKMA), Barangay Tingzon, San Jose.
These three (3) decorticating facilities currently operating utilized only 5% of the 50% husks available for decortication thus, there is still 95% of the available husks that could be possibly collected and processed into coir, he added.
The proposed project would provide the cooperative with hauling and delivery truck, cooperatives office, warehouse, weighing scales, decorticating
, twinning and weaving machines.
Congressman Yu has allocated P2-M for the coco coir equipment and looming apparatus, PCA provided decorticating
machine worth P450,000, while the LGU provided free trainings on the proper operation of tools, equipment and machinery.The project is aimed at empowering women to operate a profitable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME), developing and producing locally and globally competitive coco coir products, and improving the quality of life of rural women.