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The PP of the my paper during the SEAMEO-SPAFA: Asia-Pacific Youth Forum on CC at Bangkok, Thailand on Januaru 24-27, 2011

The PP of the my paper during the SEAMEO-SPAFA: Asia-Pacific Youth Forum on CC at Bangkok, Thailand on Januaru 24-27, 2011

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  • 1. Bayong: Paper presented to the Asia-Pacific Forum: Youth Action on Climate Change; Exploration through Cultural Expressions Income for Rural Entrepreneurs; Weapon for Climate Protectors 24-27 January 2011 @ Rajamangala University of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand ERNESTO C. CASIPLE, JR./ DTI-RuMEPP Philippines
  • 2.
    • Aling Ninay is a old single woman happily living in a rural barangay (village).
    • She sells fruits and vegetables to the poblacion (town center) for a living.
    • Ninay thank Magbabaya (God) all the time for the good harvest.
    • One day the fruits and vegetables gather to discuss which among them is most important.
    The Lament of the Pandan Leaf
  • 3.
    • The fruit sector chorused, “we are giving Aling Ninay sweet fruits like mango, papaya and pineapple to sell.”
    • Father Vegetable said, “the vegetables also give Ninay a whole year round of good harvest plus we of course are healthy foods also.”
    • The debate continue and is heating.
    • In the order, their stand a group of silent grass, the group of pandan.
  • 4.
    • The pandan sway silently with the wind.
    • They did not talk. Until the Little Pandan asked, “are we not important to Aling Ninay?”
    • The group stared at him. The mother said, “we are just one of those grasses.”
    • “ Yeah right,” chorused the fruits and vegetables.
    • “ You don’t have any value to Ninay.”
  • 5.
    • “ No!” the Little Pandan disagreed. “If Aling Ninay and the others didn’t make market baskets out of us, then there your fruits and vegetables will not be shared to others.”
    • Then there was a sudden silence.
    • Until one of the vegetables broke the silence and said, “the Little Pandan is correct.” “But I think we shall stop this debate. We are all important—fruits, vegetables and grasses like pandan.
  • 6.
    • We contribute so that Aling Ninay will leave. There shall be no point of comparison.
    • All said, “yeah right, correct.” And they laughed and hug each other.
    • Then Aling Ninay arrived. She smiled and said, “God, I forgot to thank you. The grasses in my backyard are still abundant, there will be more baskets and bags to be made out of them. I will also take care them—grasses, fruits and vegetables.”
  • 7. The Bayong
    • The leaves are then dried and cut into strips before it gets woven into a bag.
    Bag or basket made usually of pandan leaves, buri, sea grass water hyacinths, bamboo cuts, coconut leaves, corn husks. Culturally: all Filipino tribes have different ways of making bags and basket made.
  • 8. Bayong as Income Generator Raw materials easy to grow and produce. Cost of raw materials: very minimal Demand is high: local and export (e.g. Japan) Youth and young professionals are new market looking for unique items.
  • 9.
    • Local government units are passing resolutions, ordinances and laws for the use recycled bags and bayong
    • domestic demand for bayong P1.3 billion yearly if every Filipino family above the poverty threshold buys a bayong at P100 per year (DTI)
  • 10. Waste Problem in the Philippines
    • Less than 9% are paper (biodegrable materials)
    • 50% made of plastics and cellophanes: clogging in the water ways
      • These are non-biodegradable materials
  • 11. Bayong as Climate Protector
    • To replace plastics, cellophanes and other bags made of synthetic materials.
    • Biodegrable.
    • Raw materials are earth friendly materials.
    • To grow raw mat in rivers and appreciate the importance of all kinds of plants even the grasses.
  • 12. Government Support to Bayong
    • Project Bayong of the Department of Trade and Industry
    • LGU Support: Bangued Abra; Samar, Leyte; Surallah, South Cotabato; Glan, Sarangani; Caloocan City (bayong use) Larangay Public Market; Cagayan de Oro (resolutions);Province of Pampanga; Sorsogon
  • 13. Challenges in Promoting Bayong (Native) Bags in the Philippines
    • LGU ordinances not enforced very well: no equity counterparts, no direct funding, not priority, political driven, for the sake of.
    • Exploitative communities: no replanting
    • No alternative project for cellophane manufacturers (e.g. imposition of recycling only)
    • High export demand limits domestic presence.
    • Product taken as cultural representative and “pasalubong” or gift items only : not as daily utility
  • 14. If you want an E-Book of How To Make Bayong, please email me.
  • 15. [email_address]