Binalot Fiesta Food sponsored an exposure trip to DAHON (Dangal at Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon) Program community in Nagcarlan, Laguna last February 10, 2010.
Binalot is a Filipino fast food restaurant which promotes the Pinoy culture and is helping save the environment at the same time by using banana leaves in wrapping favorite Filipino rice meals! Binalot's CEO and President Mr. Rommel Juan came up with an idea of developing a sustainable program to answer the growing demand for banana leaves. Hence, the DAHON program was born. This program not only sufficiently supplied banana leaves to Binalot, it also provided long-term livelihood for farmers of Nagcarlan, Laguna. Even the women and elderly of this community were given opportunities to be productive.
Bloggers and the kids of DAHON's workers with Binalot's
CEO and President, Mr. Rommel Juan
Photo courtesy of Don Trivino
During the exposure trip, I came to admire Binalot for its sincerity to help not only the people of Nagcarlan, Laguna but the environment as well. Sincere because they also looked into the concerns of its workers like that of their children when they are at work. Binalot put up a Day Care Center wherein the kids are looked after by a teacher who patiently educates them too. To date, the company is still thinking of ways how to improve this Day Care Center.
This is me cutting a banana leaf into half.
Believe me, it's harder than it looks.
I also got to experience how to cut a banana leaf off from a banana tree!
That's Mr. Robie Mateo helping me out. Those banana trees are tall!
Me and a huge banana leaf. By the looks of it, its twice my size!
Binalot's Program Coordinator, Mr. Robie Mateo and Mr. Rommel Juan prepared a brief presentation of how DAHON was born. They were very accommodating in answering all our inquiries all throughout the exposure trip. Sir Rommel even held that banana leaf in place and hid behind it during my photo op! And if there's one thing I will not forget from Sir Robie's presentation is when he mentioned that banana leaves have anti-microbial enzymes that preserves food longer. Beat that!
With Binalot's CEO, Mr. Rommel Juan
Friends with Binalot's mascot.
Thank you Binalot Fiesta Food for a meaningful experience! Please visit their site for details.