The Talakudong Bamboo Craft Makers Association was one of the recipients of Department of Trade and Industry’s project dubbed as “Shared Service Facility (SSF)” – through the E-Bamboo processing center – for MSMEs which was launched last October 14, 2013 at Villarde Compound, San Pablo, Tacurong City.

            Attended by members of the Talakudong bamboo producers and processors, regional and provincial representatives from DTI, and representatives from the local government unit of Tacurong, the launch put emphasis on the proponent-cooperator-beneficiary partnership as well as the advantages and opportunities derived from having the facilities provided for MSME’s such as the pole cutter, twin ripsaw, and treatment vat.
           Ma. Teresa T. Chua, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI Region XII, said in her inspirational message that if the association manages to progress with the primary equipment given,  they could extend help for product development through trainings in order for them to be competent in the market.
              After the presentation of equipment and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, President of Talakudong Producers and Processors Gerry Palmes expressed his appreciation and thanks as this assistance would mark a good change in the industry they are in. Furthermore, Josephine M. Ubaldo, Community Training and Employment Coordinator, said that financial assistance may be given when development is observed.

         The total cost for the equipment is said to be Php 400,000.00. (Ariesha Faith Martinez Dimaano)