July 27th, 2012
by: Mary Lailani Pitao-Tupaz
NAVAL, Biliran – In support to the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program in the municipality of Naval, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) granted the Naval Suman Makers’ Association (NASUMA) through Mayor Susan Parilla, equipment, tools, and materials in the production of suman.
Rosita Maranga, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager of the municipality of Naval, the capital town of Biliran province said that DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga personally attended the turnover of said equipment, tools and materials to NASUMA last June 19, this year.
The grant to NASUMA includes 19 units cocomilk extractors, 19 units coco graters, 20 units heavy duty stoves, 16 pcs strainers, 19 sets of jumbo steamers, 13 sets of large wok, 6 units weighing scales, 11 pcs large pots, 24 sacks glutenous white rice (pilit), 20 sacks glutenous black rice (pilit), 1,600 pcs coconut, and 64 kilos ginger in the total amount of P621,180.
DOLE released the cheque representing the grant to the local government unit (LGU) of Naval who purchased the needed materials for NASUMA members.
Felimon Abecia, vice-president of NASUMA, joined in the recently held National Food Fair at SM Megamall where he sold P16,000 worth of suman.
Currently, NASUMA has 20 active members with their respective families helping in the family enterprise. Virginia Lacar leads the association to where it is now.
Suman is the registered product of the municipality of Naval in the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the Department of Trade and Indsutry (DTI). # (PIA Biliran)
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