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Monday, May 08, 2017

Jagna Calamay festival celebrates new products

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 28, (PIA)--While Jagna town celebrates its calamay industry in an aptly named festival, April 28-30, it also brings out to the world 17 other local products that the town's small medium enterprises development churned in the past years.

Jagna Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla, during the opening ceremonies of the festival that celebrates a product support for Bohol’s tourism industry said the 3rd Calamay Festival is not anymore just about the calamay, but also about the new products which the communities have developed. 

Most of these new products however produced by are small organizations assisted by Jagna Small and Medium Enterprise Development (JASMED) Unit and are in the food and home industry line. 

Jagna information Officer Amiela Balaba identified the newest developed products as doormats, rugs and potholders of Jagna Relief Society Homemakers, a group organized by the Mormons of Poblacion, in town. 
Another new hip product in line with vitamin fortification program of the government is the Malunggay Cookies and Rosquillos of Pangdan Women's Association, the famous Ampao of the Tejero Women’s Association, candles by Faraon Women’s Association, peanut butter from Cambugason and the Torta de Jagna of Malbog Development Women Association. 

Years back, JASMED also assisted communities in town develop their products to make them open for the market. 

Among those are Cambugason Women’s Organization’s Caffeine-free Maize Cape, squash noodles Pancit Yaning of LACEH - Tubod Monte, the famed calamay of Jagna Calamay Makers Cooperative (JACAMACO), Jagna cookies of Nausok Women's Association, Ube Polvoron of Jagna Women Ube Processors and Confectioners Association, Inc. 

Also in there was Jagna’s Tableya de Binsoy and Jagna Banana Chips of Canjulao League of Women, Kinabag-an Virgin Coconut Oil of Kinagbaan Coconut Farmers and Processors Organization. 

Councilor Maricris Jamora explained that the product development was part of the long term vision of the town to come up with a one barangay one product, a vision ably supported by the creation of the Jasmed. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
JASMED also presented to the world the newest products that Jagna has developed after three years of the Calamay Festival. Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla said Calamay Festival incidentally also includes other town products that now support the tourism industry. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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