By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT
Little is known how the lowly banana leaves have helped ease the lives of many until the restaurant chain Binalot popularizes the use of the leaves as its food wrapper.
Entrepreneur Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Food, Inc., saw the opportunity to provide livelihood to some families when he put up Binalot’s DAHON CSR program dubbed DAHON (Dangal at Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon).
Famous for its classic Filipino meals wrapped in banana leaves, Binalot provides livelihood for at least 30 families in Barangay Buhanginan in Nagcarlan, Laguna. From an initial 120 bundles of banana leaves in 2006 this number has grown to 300 bundles each week.
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