LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY – Prospect is bright for Sorsogon’s pili industry with the approval of the P26.21 million-worth enterprise development (I-REAP) subproject funded under the Department of Agriculture Philippine Rural Development Project (DA PRDP).
On September 19, 2017, DA-PRDP’s advisory board (RPAB), an interagency multi-disciplinary team mandated to review and approve plans, feasibility studies, detailed engineering designs and program of works proposed for PRDP funding, has approved the Sorsogon Pili Enterprise Cluster.
The I-REAP subproject will be implemented by a cluster of three cooperatives namely Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative (GSAC) as lead proponent group, Sorsogon Pili Producers Cooperative (SPPC) and Barcelona Development Cooperative (BADECO). The business will engage in processing quality pili oil and pili products such as candies and confectioneries. The business will also venture in processing pili pastillas, sugar-coated pili, salted pili, crispy pili and roasted pili out of pili kernel.
About 1,063 members are projected to benefit from the approved I-REAP subproject. PRDP will fund the Sorsogon Pili Enterprise Cluster’s proposed construction of two pili processing buildings, two warehouses and one drying pavement. The Project will also provide two closed type trucks, one forward truck and one motorcycle. Moreover, PRDP will purchase supplies, tools and equipment to be used in pili processing.