BAGUIO CITY, June 29 (PIA) - - A roadmap which will harmonize and strengthen the weaving industry, a common venture and part of the culture of the Cordilleras, is on the drawing board.
Dr. Nancy Bantog, the newly appointed Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera regional director, presented the Cordillera Weaving Industry Development Plan for 2018-2022 in a recent meeting of the Regional Development Council Sectoral Committee on Economic Development.
A collaborative project of the DOST-CAR and the Department of Trade and Industry-CAR in partnership with various stakeholders in the government, private sector and the academe, DOST will take care of the innovation aspect while DTI will take charge of the entrepreneurial aspect.
Weaving is a living tradition in all the provinces in the Cordillera that has been passed on from generation to generation and which needs to be preserved and promoted, Bantog said. However, there are many concerns that have to be addressed such as the ageing population of weaving experts, for the industry to be sustained.
There are services for the weaving sector provided by regional line agencies in terms of training, equipment, upgrading, research and development, and market linkage but these are fragmented. The plan aims to coordinate or harmonize all these, she said.
Other agencies and academe that extend support to weaving industry in the region will be tapped such as the Cooperative Development Authority , Philippine Fiber Development Authority, National Economic and Development Authority, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, the Benguet State University, and University of the Philippines Baguio. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)