July 2017. MAGUINDANAO. Seven out of ten rural poor in Maguindanao lacks adequate skills on entrepreneurship based on the baseline study conducted by The Moropreneur Inc last April 2017. According to local officials interviewed, the lack of new skills and knowledge in modern and climate-resilient farming, marketing and other entrepreneurial skills among the local people is one of the primary causes of poverty and deficit of decent work.
During the municipal core socio-economic teams’ meetings, discussions on the current challenges and situation faced by the people in their areas focused on the need to help rural population obtain the right skills and training that can improve their productivity, access to local economic opportunities and eventually increase their income.
In line with this, the ANGAT DAPAT Livelihood Project co-implemented by The Moropreneur Inc and Islamic Relief Worldwide – Philippines and supported by IRW-Australia are now gearing up towards the conduct of skills-based training which will target specific skills for products to be developed from the selected commodities in respective barangays.
The skills to be taught are based on the commodities selected by the community partners of the barangays. These commodities will undergo value-adding or transforming the raw commodities to a more valuable state. Hence, the established community-based microenterprises will become commodity producers and will be producing products for end users, instead of producing only raw commodities.
Specifically, barangay Buayan in Datu Piang shall be learning about how water hyacinth will be transformed into apparels while Barangay Kanguan will develop rice-based food products. Barangays Madia and Elian of Datu Saudi Ampatuan will focus in developing pandan into mat and other decorative items. Barangay Kurintem and Badak of Datu Odin Sinsuat will be producing variety of coconut-based products. Barangays Romongaob and Kuya of South Upi will be developing corn-based products and Barangays Katidtuan and Kakar of Sultan Kudarat will focus on inaul-making (traditional hand-woven fabric) and hydrophonic vegetable farming respectively.
TMI and IRW provide the resource speakers/ trainers, materials and equipment of the training. The Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Science and Technology have also expressed commitment to help in the training phase.