Legazpi City – With Mayon Volcano continues its restiveness, the scores of residents who had to evacuate the area were provided by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Albay Provincial Office with skills and livelihood trainings through its project, “Alternative Income Opportunities.”
“Many evacuees are concerned with their livelihood, which is why we want to lend a helping hand to them, so they can earn while they continue to stay at evacuation centers,” DTI-Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn Blanco said.
With evacuees’ livelihood affected by the calamity, DTI - Albay conducted trainings on coco-coir and abaca twining to at least 45 individuals comprised by housewives and youth last January 31 in Camalig. To help them earn, Cocotech Industries Phils. Inc, a company based in Camalig, will buy the finished products to ensure market sustainability.
Likewise, some 25 housewife-evacuees from Barangay Comon, Tabaco City were trained on abaca crafts (bag and basket making) in Tabaco City Northwest Elementary School. DTI provided starter kits for the training, which include five (5) bundles of bankuan as raw materials and ten (10) wooden moulds for initial production valued at five thousand pesos (P5,000.00). Forcast Arts & Crafts, an exporter based in the city will buy the outputs of the participants.
Skills training on Pili shell craft making is set to be conducted on February 9 at another center in Mayon Elementary School, Buang, Tabaco City.
DTI Albay also assessed the needs and skills of evacuees in Legazpi City, Daraga, Guinobatan and Ligao.
Aside from the skills training, DTI-Albay also mounted a "Diskwento Caravan" at Bariw National High School last week to provide an opportunity for Mayon evacuees to access basic goods and prime commodities at reduced prices. The National Food Authority also partnered with DTI, which sold rice at the caravan.
Free services such as haircut, manicure/pedicure and blood pressure reading were also offered by Evegate Salon & Spa and the Department of Health (DOH).
Close to one thousand four hundred (1,400) evacuees were served during the activity.♦
DTI Region 5 - The Department of Trade and Industry in Albay imposed a Price Freeze on basic commodities in the whole Province of Albay as lava continues to flow from the Mayon Volcano.
As of Tuesday, Albay Province has been declared under a state calamity by the Provincial Council of Albay through Resolution No. 670-2018.
The DTI-Albay Provincial Office is closely monitoring the price and supply of basic necessities in establishments throughout Albay. DTI will ensure there are sufficient and reasonably-priced basic necessities such as canned sardines, evaporated and condensed milk, coffee refill, laundry bar, detergent powder, candles, bread (Pinoy tasty and Pinoy pandesal), salt, bottled water, and instant noodles.
A Memorandum Circular was also issued to all wetmarkets, supermarkets, groceries, bakeries, and water refilling stations, reminding establishments to comply with the provision of the Price Act. It will also serve as a warning that any violation of the Price Act shall be dealt with accordingly.
The DTI enjoins the retailers to comply with the price freeze while consumers are advised to be guided by the price freeze list in their respective areas in making their purchases.
Penalties for violation against the price freeze include at least the imposition of fine of P5,000.00 up to P1 million and/or imprisonment of one (1) year up to ten (10) years.♦