Capiz IPs Train on Loom Weaving, Dyeing
“Purambos,” which literally means “to pitch in,” officially took off last December 2012 with the signing of a memorandum of agreement among participating agencies and the Jamindan municipal government to improve the economic activities of the Indigenous People (IP).
The three-day training was pitched by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Capiz Provincial Office as part of its commitment for the project designed to benefit more than 1,000 IP households from the seven IP barangays in Jamindan, namely: Jaena Norte, Jaena Sur, Agloloway , Agbun od, San Juan, Pasol-o and Ganzon.
“Two experts from Philippines Textile Research Institute (PTRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) were the training’s resource speakers,” said DOST – Capiz director Gerbe Dellava.
He added that DOST will also provide equipment for the project based on the needs identified by the beneficiaries and the PTRI experts.
“We will also request the speakers and trainors for another training on natural dye preparation and application,” he said.
Aside from DOST, other participating agencies for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – led project are the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
DOLE has already pitched in 15 looms for the IP’s women weavers in Jaena Norte last April to start up the project.
Trainings on knotting and weaving have also been conducted by NCIP last April and May for the Purambos beneficiaries.
Jamindan Public Information Officer and IP member Norma Chavez said that the municipal government has provided support to the DOST and NCIP – initiated trainings.
The municipality has about 500 hectare abaca farm sites and has chosen abaca as its priority crop for One-Town One-Product program of the national government. (JCM/AAL/PIAA 6 Capiz)