The coconut trees uprooted by typhoon Pablo are now the raw material used for making rosaries in the Cateel livelihood project. BCBP Davao East has adopted and continues to support this livelihood project. The Davao Oriental IPID News filed this report.
CATEEL, Davao Oriental (IPID News) — Twenty more representatives from different small Catholic religious groups under the St. James de Apostle Parish in Cateel were trained last June 5-8, 2013 in making rosaries from the uprooted coconut trees caused by typhoon Pablo/Bopha last December 4, 2012.
This training on rosary-making is one of the initiatives launched by the Building Back Better (BBB) Movement under the Office of Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon and the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) Davao East Chapter. Scope of this scheme is the Livelihood Program intended to assist victims of the typhoon recuperate from the damages caused by said typhoon in their livelihood.
This activity is being supported by the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), Feed the Hungry (FiT) – USA, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
All in all, there are now more than 300 parishioners’ families here that were trained for the craft who are members of the St. James de Apostle Beads Handicraft Association which is targeting to complete at least 50,000 rosaries which have been set to be exported in other countries.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) provided machineries for the said training. However, the association hopes that they will be provided with their own equipment in making beads.
This training was attended by Marciano Tapiador, Jr., in-charge of the BBB Movement and PSD of the BCBP Davao East Chapter; Ma. Belinda Ambi, DTI Provincial Director, Jose Endona of DTI, Engr. Rose Villaruel, Julito Librado and Rolando Edquila of the PCA. (Sarx Lanos/IPID News)
In a recent email, Bro Joseph Tapiador, BCBP Davao East, reports: “We expect to have a total rosaries of 18,000 by today (July 14) for your information. The Assissi Foundation will be shown samples of our product on 18 July 2013 and we pray to Mama Mary they will help us by buying our rosaries for their missions in China.
Also, our beneficiaries started production of coconut beads this week. So far 2,000 is initially produced. We requested DTI for product improvement because the coco beads is quite rough. Philippine Coconut Authority will train and give them the band saw needed for coco bead production.”