In order to build and strengthen the capacities of people’s organizations in its host and neighboring communities, Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. has organized a series of livelihood trainings on abaca and falcata plantation.
A two-phase training and seminar on the effective management of falcata plantation was conducted recently, facilitated by forester Rito Artazo of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Cantilan municipality.
At least 26 farmers from the Cabangahan Falcata Plantation Livelihood Association benefited from the training, where they learned the intricacies of growing falcata and how to maximize earnings from it. The group consists of land beneficiaries who are each cultivating a hectare of land for falcata with 1 hectare of land per beneficiary for falcata cultivation.
MMDC also organized a training for 33 abaca growers belonging to the Cabangahan Abaca Plantation Livelihood Association. Agriculturist Nicociamo Comon handled the training at Barangay Magosilom Social Hall in Cantilan. Both trainings were funded from the company’s Social Development and Management Program.
MMDC personnel also underwent their own training—this time on bamboo farming. One of the goals is to enable the selected personnel to share their learnings to community organizations that may benefit from it. But the main objective in engaging the services of Life, Earth and other Systems Solutions Advocacy Inc. is “mine site rehabilitation through ecological training and education, tree planting, maintenance, monitoring and development of botanical culture in mine affected vicinities.”
As part of its services, Life, Earth and other Systems Solutions Advocacy Inc. is also tasked with conducting bamboo planting activities and to provide Marcventures the knowledge, management and maintenance of the company’s bamboo nursery/plantation.
MMDC’s Community Relations department regularly conducts trainings for its livelihood projects to sharpen the knowledge and business management skills of beneficiaries.