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Benguet holds business launching and BPMET convention

Benguet business launching & BPMET convention

 

 

Improved products of livelihood interest groups (LIGs) of the CHARM2 Project in Benguet were again showcased during a business launching held at the Benguet Provincial Capitol on September 1-2, 2015.

 

The activity was conducted  back to back with the Barangay  Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Team (BPMET) enhancement training held at ATI-CAR, La Trinidad, Benguet to enhance and sustain the good practices of BPMETs in participatory monitoring and evaluation.

 

The business launching was an avenue for the participating LIGs to promote their products and establish linkages and networks.  The participating LIGs set-up their

product displays and presented their own business pitches as part  of their training in endorsing and promoting their products to the public.

 

Seminars and an open forum were conducted to strengthen the LIGs in terms of market linkaging especially to small and medium enterprises like them. Lectures on good agricultural practices and BIR registration were also included.

 

Benguet Governor Nestor B. Fongwan said that several assistance and support are available for livelihood groups through the OPAG for agricultural related activities and the governor’s office can help with market linkages.

 

To sustain LIG operations, Project Manager Cameron P. Odsey stressed the need for its  members to learn from the farmer business school (FBS). He also encouraged them to pass the LAF assessment that will be conducted by the project this year.

 

The assessment will determine if the LAF capital will be turned over to them; otherwise, the fund will be reflowed to the CFI for another year.

 

On the other hand, the BPMET enhancement training was facilitated by the SMPIP component of the project headed by its coordinator Aida Y. Pagtan.  The activity was attended by BPMETs who were not able to join the first batch of BPMET convention last year.

 

The activity included lectures and workshops on the following topics: sustaining volunteerism in countrywide development, review of BPMET roles and functions,

BPMET results monitoring,  conflict management, BPMET institutionalization and BPMET Sustainability Planning. Speakers were from the Project, National Irrigation Association-CAR and from the Benguet Provincial Planning and Development Office.

 

Accordingly, the BPMET’s institutionalization is now being explored by the project to mainstream participatory monitoring and evaluation in other government projects which is now getting good feedbacks from the local government unit.

//Crislyn F. Balangen

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