CATARMAN, Northern Samar- The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) under its Investment in Rural Enterprise and Agricultural and Fisheries Productivity (I-REAP) component recently turned over the hauling truck amounting to P1.9 million to the Northern Samar Indigenous Handicraft and Coco-coir Producers Association (NSIHCCPA) through a simple ceremony at the provincial covered court, provincial capitol compound.
Vice Governor Gary Lavin, who represented Governor Edwin Ongchuan, extended gratitude to the PRDP for its continuous support to the association.
Faustina Yosores, NSIHCCPA president, said that the dream they have been waiting for has finally realized.
She was thankful to the provincial government of Northern Samar under the leadership of Gov.Ongchuan for the support and exposure to trade fairs in order to promote and showcase their products.
She added that the hauling truck will surely help in transporting their products to different parts of the country such as Ormoc, Laguna, Quezon, etc.
Meanwhile, Editha Adalla, I-REAP head, reminded the officers and members of the association to manage well their handicraft and coco-coir project particularly the hauling truck and to use it solely for the project.
Allan Ultra, assistant provincial agriculturist emphasized that the hauling truck will help in lowering the cost of production of their products, and at the same time, create employment in their communities.
As of now, the NSIHCCPA is composed of 16 associations with more than 500 members in three clusters areas – Pambujan, San Roque and Laoang.
Also present during the turn-over ceremony were Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Romeo Cardenas, staff of the Department of Agriculture Regional Project Support Office 08 and PRDP Visayas Cluster Support Office, and officers and members of NSIHCCPA.