Renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power organized a three-day bamboo c rafts workshop for residents of barangays Ambuklao and Tinongdan, Benguet last June 3 to 5, 2019. The workshop seeks to provide livelihood opportunities for the company’s host communities.
Renowned Bamboo Artist Hiroyasu Sowa taught a select group of mothers and persons with disabilities jewelry and accessory-making out of native bamboo. The workshop was also participated by local government officers and community leaders of barangays Ambuklao and Tinongdan.
Sowa, who was the mentor of the program, expressed his admiration for the enthusiasm expressed by the participants during the workshop.
“Given that it is their first time to undertake such a training, I’m amazed that they were already able to produce some 200 quality items in just three days,” said Sowa.
In 2009, Aboitiz Power started with its bamboo nursery program in select host communities. Through the program, the company promotes protection of the environment and provides livelihood opportunities to its surrounding communities.
SNAP-Benguet is a joint venture between SN Power of Norway and Aboitiz Power. It operates the 105-MW Ambuklao hydro and the 140-MW Binga hydro both in Benguet Province.