During those years when Marcopper Mining Corporation (MARCOPPER) was still operational, I personally think that life is easier for the locals of Marinduque. The mining company was the source of income for a number of local residents. Our family is in fact one of those who were dependent on MARCOPPER. However, in 1996, my father was laid off, together with other employees. In effect, our family had problems financially. And we had no choice but to adapt to the situation. My parents had a thorough deliberation on how we could raise our family given the fact that our primary source of income was gone. And they came up with a decision, that is, to put up a small business. But the problem did not end there. What kind of business? How much would be the capital? Can we afford to have one? These were some of the questions they had to answer.
|Banana, the main raw material.|
|That banana is almost ready for harvest.|
|Packaging of Banana Chips.|
|3 Sisters' Display in Sikat-Pinoy 2013|
|Our Neighbor and Employee in the Production.|
|She's ready to pack the product.|
|Some of our employees during their break time.|
|CARD Bank Inc.|
As said earlier, the idea of putting up this business emerged due to financial insecurity after my father was laid off in his job. And at this point, I am proud to say that our banana chips business has been very instrumental in supporting our studies. My eldest sibling is now a licensed civil engineer working for a reputable communication company. My second sibling graduated BS Business Administration as cum laude and is now taking up Master in Business Administration while attending to her job as sales officer. I am a licensed chemist and is currently working as research associate working for a DOST-funded bioethanol project while pursuing Master of Science in Environmental Science in UPLB. The youngest one is currently taking up BS Industrial Engineering. Also, we were able to invest for a car which is now being used for deliveries.
|The 3 Sisters of the family business.|
|It's me working in the lab.|
I would like to acknowledge my parents, who have been partners no matter what. They were really good parents. The fruits of hard work were made possible because they worked as a team. And of course, GOD never failed to help our family.
|Our very supportive parents.|