The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will lead the activity dubbed project IFUGAO (Intensifying the new Framework on skills Upgrading for Greater Access) for the conduct of a community based enterprise development on mushroom and taro production and processing with former rebels and other individuals in the community as trainees.
Melita Pinic of TESDA Ifugao said the training will be jointly implemented by their office, the provincial government, local government unit of Tinoc, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Public Works and Highways and other concerned member- agencies of the PTF-ELCAC.
“This is anchored on the whole of nation approach/value chain approach to contribute to the nation’s food, health and job security and to develop the sustainable and resilient communities, “Pinic said.
The phase one is establishment of production and processing area while phase two is food production, processing, packaging and labelling.
The expected outputs are production/processing facility, raw materials on mushroom and taro, processed foods from mushroom and taro, marketing facility and outlet for sustainable livelihood entrepreneurship and establishment of small and medium enterprises in the community.
The project IFUGAO is an enhancement of the earlier oyster mushroom production training identified by the National TF-ELCAC in support to the implementation of the EO 70 under the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood And Employment Cluster in partnership with training providers and the PTF-ELCAC. (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon