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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

Caraga region shares 5% of the national abaca production. Caraga has been supplying abaca as raw material for pulp production, specialty papermaking, cordage production, and handicrafts to Cagayan de Oro City, Davao, and the Bicol region.

 

Caraga has 3,439 abaca producers whose farm holdings average from 1.0 to 3.5 hectares. The region has 44 licensed abaca traders and 4 fibercraft makers.  The industry generates a total of 27,448 jobs. Direct dependents include abaca farmers, classifiers/sorters, manufacturers, traders, exporters and hundreds of fiber craft processors.

 

The cluster aims to make Caraga the production and processing center of quality abaca in the country.   With this goal, the cluster will capitalize on our strategic location, as we are adjacent to Region 10, home to the world’s biggest abaca pulping plant.

 

To realize this goal, the cluster will work on the expansion of production areas from 5,000 hectares at present, to 25,000 by 2015 and increase yield from 750 kilos per hectare to 2,000 kilos per hectare.

 

Aside from its expansion targets, the cluster will also implement the following strategies:

 

       Publication of Production Protocol to control and eradicate the musa virus

 

      Lobby for the establishment of tissue culture laboratories and nurseries in the provinces to support the expansion program of corporate and individual growers

 

      Promote “Abacahoyan” project with the local tree farmers

 

     Implement regularly the technology transfer program on Abaca production and disease protection and eradication which is currently implemented by JC Agricultural Development, Inc., a subsidiary of AMS Corporation

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The booth exhibit of Abaca Industry Cluster during the launching of Caraga's Industry Clusters last May 16, 2005 at Almont's Inland Resort, Butuan City.

Abaca Industry Cluster Leadership Group:
 
  1.  Mr. Niceforo S. Calo
       Cluster Chairperson
       Proprietor, Hervic Commercial
       Bayugan, Agusan del Sur
 
  2.  Mr. Rene Rey Mallonga
       Abaca Grower, Butuan City
 
  3.  Fernando Mag-isa
       Abaca Grower
       Antongalon, Butuan City
 
  4.  Gregorio Orihuela
       Manager, JCADI
       Tubay, Agusan del Norte
 
  5.  Sammy F. Monton
       Senior Manager, Agusan
       Plantations, Inc.
       Trento, Agusan del Sur
      
 
Lead Agency:  FIDA-Caraga
Member Agencies:
 
  NORMISIST
  DA-Caraga
  RAFC-Caraga
  Butuan LGU
  Agusan del Norte LGU
  Agusan del Sur LGU
  Surigao del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Sur LGU
  DENR-Caraga
  DOLE-Caraga
  RTWPB-Caraga
                       

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If you want a copy of the Abaca Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any of the following offices:
 
      Carmencita S. Cochingco
      Regional Director
      National Eco. Development Authority- 
      Caraga Regional Office
      Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales St.,
      Butuan City
      Email: neda13@bayandsl.com
 
      Brielgo O. Pagaran
      Regional Director
      Department of Trade & Industry - 
      Caraga Regional Office
      764 Silaga Building, Capitol Avenue,
      Butuan City
      Email: dti13@hotmail.com,
                caragaclusters@yahoo.com
 
      Deoven C. Hibaler
      OIC Regional Director
      Fiber Industry Dev't. Authority -
      Caraga Regional Office
      Casa Rivera, Butuan City
      Tel. No. (085) 341-7816/226-5101

For more information and investment assistance related to Abaca production, please call the following offices:
 
FIDA-Caraga - (085) 226-5101/ 341-7816
 
DTI-Caraga - (085) 342-5615
 
NEDA-Caraga - (085) 342-5774