From Brew to Grind
Started with an objective to empower the small scale mine workers and housewives of Brgy. Pili, Magdiwang, Romblon; Pisi Ginger Tea Association is now one of the promising producers of turmeric tea, ginger tea, and peanut butter in the Region of MIMAROPA.
Small scale mining served as a livelihood for the locals of Sibuyan since 1900s according to studies. However, it was in 2011 when Romblon Governor Eduardo Firmalo banned the said activity for its environmental and health hazards. Given that thousands of local residents will be affected by the mining ban, the local government introduced interventions to provide alternative livelihood. As an active partner in nation building, the Department of Labor and Employment Field Office in Romblon took part in organizing the displaced workers and informed them about the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.