Marinduque’s PRDP-funded coco geonet warehouse reaches 100% completion
BOAC, MARINDUQUE – The first enterprise development subproject in the Province of Marinduque, the Marinduque Coco Geonet Production and Trading, has finally completed its infrastructure aspects namely the warehouse with office area, weaving shed, soaking pond, and winnowing shed.
The total subproject cost of the enterprise is P4.56 million, plus the P2.20 million cost of the infrastructures. The funding was divided between the World Bank, Philippine Rural Development Project, Provincial Government of Marinduque, and the Proponent Group which is the Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TPMPC).
Coconut is a leading agricultural commodity in Marinduque and also one of the top high value commodities in the MIMAROPA Region. Copra production remains to be the province’s primary source of income, with different alternatives including the production of geonets. This is what the TPMPC aims – to develop various strategies in the operation of their enterprise so that they can provide other income opportunities to their small-scale farmer-members.
The coconut husks, which are the waste materials in copra production, are biodegradable. Through a decorticating machine, these will be processed to make coco fiber or coco coir to make twines, which are later woven together to make geonets.
After going through a decorticating machine, the coconut husks also produce coco peat which the TPMPC also plans to sell as an organic fertilizer. Geonets, on the other hand, are mainly used in industrial purposes such as slope stabilization, shoreline protection, and landscaping.
Through this enterprise, it will help TPMPC to improve their socio-economic condition and provide for their families. Currently, the TPMPC has 820 members who are expected to benefit from this subproject. ### (Leira Vic Colongon, DA-PRDP MIMAROPA RPCO InfoACE Unit)