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Bukidnon entrepreneurs selected for APEC training program

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/01 May 2021) “It’s an opportunity to learn and unlearn things from experiences of other IPs. This will hopefully bring fair and sustainable markets,”said Datu Makadingding Rey Lomarda of Greenminds Inc. and Umanika Eco-Cultural Farm.

Lomarda is one of two local entrepreneurs from Northern Mindanao who were included among the four Philippine participants of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Training Program for Indigenous Businesses.

The other local participant is Ms. Lorielinda Marte of Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association.

The APEC Training Program for Indigenous Businesses is a project that supports indigenous MSMEs to grow and build resilience through trade by building practical trade knowledge and skills and creating a supportive network of indigenous MSMEs across APEC economies, according to a press release from the Department of Trade and Industry-10 on April 27, 2021.

Lomarda told BukidnonNews.Net via SMS the opportunity is in one with their push to go beyond niche and “pity over quality” type of consumerism.

“If done with broad minded partners, this can bring IPs beyond livelihood and towards enterprise. Think global, Act local,” he added.

Greenminds Inc. is a people-oriented and self-sustaining non-government organization committed to the preservation and protection of the fragile environment. It offers various training packages to promote innovative and appropriate ecological farming technologies. It also operates, Umanika Farm, which is a fully functional “learning and earning” organic farm that showcases organic agriculture technologies such as vermicomposting, in-farm management, ecological crop production, and organic farm development.

The Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association, on the other hand, aims for the indigenous weavers to continue the Tagolwanen weaving tradition by incorporating weaving into daily life.

Based on the press release, the participants will undergo a training and knowledge-building sessions on topics relevant to MSME capacity building and growth such as border processes and logistics, trade finance, intellectual property rights, branding and e-commerce.

The APEC Training Program for Indigenous Business will be held online from May 25 to August 31, 2021. The project will be delivered by Australia’s Export Council of Australia and industry partners, including Australia’s Indigenous Network for Investment Trade and Export. (BukidnonNews.Net)

IN PHOTO: Datu Makadingding Rey Lomarda gives guests in the Umanika Eco-Cultural Farm, a farm tour. BukidnonNews.Net photo  

Lorielinda Rago Marte of the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association/Courtesy LRM FB Account

Lorielinda Rago Marte of the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association/Courtesy LRM FB Account

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