The inspiring tandem of Binalot and banana leaves

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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Binalot’s DAHON program expands

Binalot officers with members of Embrace, representatives from the local government of Nagcarlan, and residents of Barangay Buhanginan enjoy a classic Pinoy boodle fight to celebrate the launch of the Eggciting Harvest Project.

The fruitful relationship between Binalot and Barangay Buhanginan in Nagcarlan, Laguna, started after the devastation of Luzon by Typhoon “Milenyo” in 2006. Harsh winds and heavy rains damaged most of the banana leaves which were being supplied to the fast-food chain.

“Banana leaves are very fragile and most of the trees and leaves were ripped by the strong typhoon. We were then forced to import our leaves from Iloilo but the costs were not sustainable. That was the time we decided to go straight to the source,” recounts Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Food, Inc.

And so the search for the source started, leading Juan to the quaint town of Nagcarlan nestled at the foothills of the mystic Mount Banahaw in Laguna.

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Banana leaves, salted eggs empower Laguna barangay

(The Philippine Star) – November 9, 2019 – 12:00am

LAGUNA, Philippines —The story of Binalot and Barangay Buhanginan of Nagcarlan, Laguna began in 2006, when Typhoon Milenyo struck the Philippines and drastically depleted Luzon’s supply of banana leaves – the trademark packaging for Binalot’s food offerings. Recognizing the need for a steady supplier come typhoon, floods or other natural calamities, Binalot decided to go straight to the source in Nagcarlan.

On his search, Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc., happened to pass by Buhanginan and there met Rodney Oriel, whose team of four agreed to produce 3,000 pieces of cut banana leaves for Binalot. This partnership eventually grew to involve the whole township and became Binalot’s own corporate social responsibility (CSR) program called the DAHON (Dangal At Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon) Program, which they formally launched in 2007.

Since its genesis, the DAHON Program has not only become a reliable form of livelihood for the inhabitants of Barangay Buhanginan; it has also helped build the barangay’s own dahunan where the townspeople regularly gather to socialize and prepare Binalot’s weekly orders, and has even provided financial support to both students and teachers at the local daycare center. The success of the program has also opened doors for expansion in Pila, Laguna, although main operations remain in Nagcarlan.

Last Oct. 18, Binalot officially launched Eggciting Harvest, a livelihood project under the DAHON Program in partnership with EMBRACE in pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. With the introduction of salted egg production to the program, both parties strive to form long-term partnerships to further empower the community of Barangay Buhanginan.

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DENR To Ban Single-Use Plastics Soon

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to issue an order on a nation-wide ban of single-use plastics. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu announced the intent this December 5 during a Stratbase forum in Taguig City.

“We [DENR] are about to complete department order on [banning] use of plastic. I think within the next two weeks siguro [probably],” Cimatu told reporters. This move is based on the Philippines ranking as the third-highest source of ocean plastic pollution with an “estimated 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste.”

The order will also tackle methods of proper waste disposal and recycling. Climatu added that, based on a 2019 report from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, 140 in 178 local government units in Metro Manila, Region III, and Region IV-A already have an approved solid waste management plan.

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What should I consider before buying a franchise?

1. Ask yourself why you want to own a franchise.
2. Begin the search. Look for opportunities that are in harmony with you and that greatly interests you.
3. Do your own research:
• Have a complete understanding of the business.
• Check on the business experience and track record of the franchisor.
• Check your personal resources – experience in running the business; the hours and personal commitment to run the franchise; and, how much money is to be invested.
• Determine the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement.
• Get information on the franchise by visiting stores and interviewing existing franchisees.
• Check on necessary government and other related permits.
3. Concept – Look into the product or service and discern what makes it stand out among other businesses.
4. Location, location, location – Ask about the territory rights. Make sure that you get a good site selection.

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A Nationwide Ban On Plastic Might Soon Be Coming

According to reports made by Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte is currently considering a nationwide ban on the use of plastic. Spokesman Salvador Panelo mentioned that the president made such a remark during a cabinet meeting last November 6. “The President floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action,” said Panelo in a statement.

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EGGCITING HARVEST PROGRAM (October 18, 2019)

PAMASKONG HANDOG SA IKA 23 TAON NG BINALOT

MECHANICS
1. The raffle promo will run from November 1 to December 31, 2019. Deadline of submission of entries on the last day is until 5:00 pm.

2. For a minimum single receipt of P200, customer will be entitled to one raffle coupon for a chance to win any of the following prizes:
• Three (3) winners of 32” (81.28 cm) Hisense 32N2174C LED TV
• Twenty (20) winners of Binalot Gift Certificates worth One Thousand Pesos (P1,000)

3. Customer must fill up the raffle coupon with the following details:
 Complete Name
 Home Address
 Contact Number/s
 Email Address
 Signature Affixed

4. Raffle coupons must be placed in the drop box located at the counter area of each participating branch.

5. The raffle draw will be held at Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc. (BFFI) Head Office at 3686 BUJ Building, Sun Valley Drive, Sun Valley Subdivision, Parañaque City on January 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

6. Participants may only win once. If a name is picked more than once, he/she gets the prize of the higher value.

7. Prizes can be transferred but are not convertible to cash.

8. Winners shall be notified by telephone and registered mail.

9. Winners have sixty (60) days from receipt of notification to claim their prizes; otherwise, prizes will be forfeited in favor of Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc. (BFFI) with prior DTI approval.

10. For Metro Manila winners, claiming of prizes will be held at Binalot-Head Office, 3686 BUJ Building, Sun Valley Drive, Sun Valley Subdivision, Parañaque City.

Winners must present two (2) valid government-issued IDs, the registered mail from BFFI and the winning claim stub to claim the prize.

If a representative will claim the prize, he must bring the following:
• Winning claim stub
• Signed authorization letter from the winner
• Two (2) valid governtment-issued IDs of the winner
• His two (2) valid government-issued IDs
• Registered mail from BFFI
For Provincial winners, prizes will be shipped to their address free of charge

11. Winners authorize BFFI to publish their names, photos and other particulars determined by BFFI to any person/s and in any mode or manner as BFFI may deem appropriate.

12. Employees and family members of Binalot Fiesta Foods, Inc., Binalot franchisees and their respective subsidiaries and suppliers including their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are not qualified to join this promotion.

13. Winners will be announced via the Website and Facebook Page of BFFI.

DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB 18000 Series of 2019