VIGAN CITY, July 10 — If every town in the Philippines has been implementing the One Town, One Product program since its launching in 2005, the Caoayan local government has been pioneering the One Barangay, One Product (OBOP) program in Ilocos Sur since 2010.
This is according to Municipal Information Officer Leny Quiocho.
Named OBOP, this program under the initiative of Mayor Germelina Goulart has uplifted the lives of almost 19,000 residents of 17 barangays. As the town is known for its Abel Iloco, a woven Ilocano fabric, the local government unit helped residents discover what could be the other signature products of their barangays.
After trainings, with the help of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the following barangays produced their own products: Barangay Anonang Menor – souvenir items such as bags, flowers from corn refuse; Barangay Baggoc – processed peanuts; Barangay Callaguip – processed tilapia from its tilapia culture; Barangay Caparacadan – rock salt from its salt deposits; Barangays Fuerte, Puro, Villmar – processed sea foods from their sea produce; Barangay Manangat – native cakes and delicacies as residents are skillful cooks; Barangays Nansuagao and Panday – water lility souvernir items and processed oyster from their brackish river that is abundant of water hyacinth; Pantay Quitiquit – processed singkamas or turnips from its high value crop turnip; Pantay Tamurong – its tantanibong souvenir items from riverbanks grasses; and barangays Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Don Dimas Querubin, Don Lorenzo Querubin and Anonang Mayor – Abel Iloco, handloom-woven native cloth.
Although revenue-wise the processed shellfish and water lily souvenir items are on top, still the other products are being helped to level up and to increase the income of each family in this coastal town. (ANL/ICR-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)