People's Organization product exhibit.

Tagbilaran City- Five priority people organizations and an indigenous people’s organization (POs/IPO) in Wahig-Inabanga Watershed showcased the fruits of their year-long labor to the business development and service providers (BDS) and local markets of Bohol during the Farmer Business School (FBS) Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop held at Tagbilaran City, Bohol last June 29, 2018.

The workshop is part of the Module Five of FBS which is adapted by Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (DENR-INREMP) for livelihood development under Component 2: Small-holder Investment. FBS is being facilitated by International Potato Center (CIP) with technical and financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

With an objective of introducing their initial products and to further enhance it in preparation for the FBS Launching on the occasion of the Sandugo festival on July 2018, the POs/IPOs namely Concepcion Livelihood and Environmental Association Project (CLEAP), Ilaya Sustainable Farmers Association (ISFA), Lundag Eskaya Tribe Multipurpose Cooperative (LETMULCO), San Carlos Association for Rehabilitation of Environmental Denudation (SCARED), and San Miguel Association Resource Team (SMART) exhibited their products such as camote chips, camote beverages, cassava cakes, camote jam, camote ketchup, gabi chips, and camote candies at the validation workshop.

The invited BDS providers and local markets such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DoH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), First Consolidated Bank-Tagbilaran Branch, Cooperative Bank of Bohol, The Trade Fair Shop-Bohol, Alturas Group of Company, Bohol Quality Corporation, and Jojie’s Bakeshop gave their comments on the initial products exhibited by the POs and IPO.

As part of the event, a panel discussion was conducted. Among the highlights of the discussion include: 1.) registration of organizations to SEC to avail opportunities that requires Philgeps accreditation, 2.) coordination with FDA for the License to Operate (LTO) for the safety and security of health and well-being of the community, 3.) proposed additional trainings of ATI, and 4.) loan and financing assistance for small micro-enterprise livelihoods of the partner banks.

Moreover, government and business representatives offered suggestions intended for the improvement of their initial products which include bottling and packaging for the improvement of shelf life, consistency of products’ texture, and stability of supply of raw materials for sustainability of production to respond to market demands.

At the end of the workshop, the INREMP staff together with CIP and PPMO Bohol identified next steps and coordination activities which need to be done in preparation for the forthcoming FBS launching. The business launching marks FBS first step towards sustaining their livelihood.

 "Representative from the different Business Development Providers (BDS) sectors during the panel discussion"