By: John Maico M. Hernandez, PSTC Batangas

Eight barangays in Mabini, Batangas consisting of San Jose, Anilao East, Majuben, Solo, Mainit, Bagalangit, Ligaya, and San Teodoro received the technology demo on bath soap making conducted by DOST Batangas in partnership with Soroptimist International of Mabini and the local government held in two different sites, Brgy. San Jose and Solo, Sept 05-06.

Recipients of the technology demo were DayCare parents and Brgy. Officials’ spouses. The activity was pursued by Soroptimist International of Mabini and the local government to provide livelihood potential to the beneficiaries. On her message, Atty. Gerville Luistro, Municipal Administrator & President of Soroptimist International of Mabini, stressed her strong support to the sectors in need of livelihood. To her, the technology demo is just the beginning of the program support to capacitate the beneficiaries to establish a soap production in the municipality of Mabini. She also acknowledged the assistance of DOST for the implementation of the program and she remains assertive of the agency’s assistance throughout the development of the group.

DOST Batangas spearheaded the technology demo through the assistance of Taliba Soap Manufacturing, SETUP beneficiary. Two of the manufacturing’s skilled and experienced production workers, Mrs. Luzviminda Bonsol and Mrs. Aida Marco, served as the trainors during the activity. Lectures which include concepts on bath soap, ingredients composition, formulation, and the do’s and dont’s during production were discussed to the participants. Technology demonstration explained the step by step procedures of bath soap making while participants have the steps down on their notes. Hands-on was also conducted to test the learning of the participants. Based from the comments of the trainors, the participants have shown great potential as evidenced by the quality of their produced bath soaps.

Meanwhile, as part of the capacity building program in benefit of these beneficiaries, DOST Batangas in partnership with Soroptimist International of Mabini and the local government will pursue the registration of the group as a worker’s association, facilitate community development, and conduct of further trainings. On the other hand, markets identified for the group include the resorts in the municipality of Mabini and community stores.