Buri Island women undergoes training on native and recycled souvenirs

Geared towards providing an alternative livelihood while protecting the environment, the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Tourism, Culture, Arts & Information Office (CTCAIO) and the Catbalogan City Cooperative Office has organized a skills training among residents of Buri Island on native and recycled souvenir items.

Women, students and out-of-school youths including senior citizens from Barangay San Roque, Cabugawan and Estaka are being trained by artists and craftsmen into making making creative souvenir items using readily available materials like coconut husks, shells, sand and others as well as recyclable materials like plastic bottles, containers, utensils, cellophanes and others.

This initiative of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan is anchored on the plan of developing Buri Island as the city’s main tourism destination based on the Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Protection Program.

It was in 2017 when the Buri Inflatable Water Park was opened in Barangay Estaka and early this year when the Cabugawan Eco Park was operationalized in Barangay Cabugawan and this skills training is geared towards assisting Barangay San Roque, the third barangay of Buri Island to be the possible livelihood center of the souvenir items in the island.

However, residents in Barangay Cabugawan and Estaka were also tapped in the training in support to the human resource needed in the initiative.

While the plan is ongoing, the city government will be assisting in the packaging, pricing, quality control and other technical support to the groups created for the said product development.

“Ini kaparti han aton pagbulig han mga taga Buri, deri la para han pipira nga barangay pero para han ngatanan nga mga molupyo nga hira umursa pinaagi hini nga programa,” Mayor Step shares.

This training is coincided with the 2018 OKTOBURIFEST, which is an annual event aimed at providing mileage to the island and its tourist spots, which in turn will generate more visitors and tourism thereby contributing to their economic and social development.

(Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)

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