Benguet-based renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP-Benguet) held a three-day bamboo crafts workshop for representatives of Barangays Ambuklao and Tinongdan to boost livelihood prospects in its host communities.
Thirty workshop participants learned the art of pendant- and earing-making from bamboo branches from Japanese bamboo artist and advocate, Hiroyasu Sowa. Held at the Ambuklao Hydroelectric Power Plant from June 3-5, 2019, the workshop was participated in by representatives from women’s groups; local government officers of barangays Ambuklao and Tinongdan; community members including persons with disabilities; as well as Binga Cooperative members.
A bamboo seedling propagation is present in these communities, contributing to the supply of ample raw materials to help sustain the project. SNAP-Benguet is also looking to add bamboo to its existing nurseries.
Sowa, who served as the trainer during the event expressed his admiration for the participants for showing such interest, enthusiasm, and creativity. “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.”
The seminar-workshop is part of the company’s commitment to empower its host communities through livelihood programs.
SNAP-Benguet is a joint venture between SN Power of Norway and AboitizPower. It operates the 105-MW Ambuklao hydro and the 140-MW Binga hydro both in the Benguet Province.
Photo 1: Workshop participants, joined by bamboo artist and advocate, Hiroyasu Sowa (seated, sixth from left) and SNAP-Benguet representatives led by Vice President and Corporate Affairs Head Atty. Michael Bon C. Hosillos (seated, eight from left) and Assistant Vice President and Plant Manager Fernan Tongco (seated, third from left), show off their finished products after the three-day bamboo crafts workshop held at the Ambuklao Hydropower facility.