Bamboo association completes service excellence training

November 9,2018

The Service Excellence Training of the Pili Kawajan Association members ensures consistent knowledge and appreciation of the bamboo business.


CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur—The members of the Pili Kawajan Association (PKJ) completed their service excellence training which aims to strengthen their capability to manage the bamboo plantation business.

Spread over three Saturdays, the training focused on values clarification, culture and mindset excellence and other relevant topics. PKJ President Helen Custoya emphasized the importance of excellence in business management and sustainability.

"The topic on values was important given that each member has a different perspective. By clarifying our own values and the organizational values needed to sustain the business, we now have a clear vision of where we're headed as a community enterprise," Custoya said. She added that one of the highlights of the training was the analysis of the personal, community and workplace values in the light of PKJ's future as a social enterprise.

PKJ was formed early this year with the help of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) to manage the company's 10-hectare bamboo plantation. The project is part of MMDC’s five-year development program which involves the creation of a bamboo-based industry that will benefit mining communities.

In July this year, PKJ members also completed a series of trainings on bamboo-planting, intervention and action planning.

“These activities are part of the company’s capacity building initiative that aims to arm PKJ members   with the right knowledge to manage a successful bamboo business,” explained Jose Dagala Jr., MMDC Assistant Vice President for Social Commitments. Next on the agenda is the Bamboo Manufacturing Process training for Pili Kawajan Association members.

Marcventures Holdings, Inc. (MHI) President Isidro C. Alcantara, Jr. is the forerunner of the bamboo project. “Nickel mines can offer sizeable tracks of land for the propagation and growing of bamboo. The plantation also fosters community development and supports the company's commitment to protect and preserve the environment while providing sustainable livelihood even after mining has stopped.” Mr. Alcantara is also the Chairman of the Philippine Nickel Association Inc (PNAI). MMDC has initially allocated a total of 45 hectares for its bamboo-based rehabilitation program.



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