July 23, 2024

The weaving production of a group of weavers in Barangay Samoki, Bontoc, Mountain Province is expected to increase while encouraging male participation in handloom weaving under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program of the Department of Science and Technology.

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. signed a memorandum of agreement with DOST-Cordillera Director Nancy Bantog for the realization of the project, “Community empowerment through science, technology, and innovation of the Municipality of Bontoc” on June 24.

The Tangafan Organization, Inc. of Barangay Samoki, as the beneficiary has been granted P272,000.

The organization shall receive two modified handloom weaving machines, one single needle high-speed straight sewing machine, one zigzagger sewing machine, and one edging sewing machine.

With the equipment in place, a 10 percent increase in the weaving production of the Tangafan Organization, Inc., is expected from P194,660 to P214,060.

Tudlong thanked the DOST for its continuous assistance to the municipality saying the weaving industry in Bontoc has given women an opportunity for livelihood.

He expressed happiness that the grassroots can feel how the government provides intervention and empowers organizations.

He assured the continuous assistance of the local government unit to the community by strengthening its linkages and collaboration with the various national government agencies for the provision of livelihood assistance and interventions saying the LGU cannot address all with its limited resources.

As its counterpart, the LGU shall conduct training on handloom weaving to be participated in by eight females and two males to learn weaving techniques and develop their own designs that will help them develop their capabilities and will bring out their creativity.

“Having this skill will also lead them to produce various options of woven fabrics that will increase marketability ensuring the continuous practice of weaving and generating additional income for the families. Meanwhile, the machines to be provided to the organization shall ensure an increase in their weaving production,” Tudlong said.

Aside from the training, the LGU through Science and Technology Coordinator Jenelyn Caluza has provided technical assistance to the recipient-organization in the preparation of its project proposal.

The MOA provides the ownership of the equipment to be procured out of the DOST fund shall remain with the DOST-Cordillera until the project is successfully implementation before it can be transferred to Tangafan Organization, Inc.

Barangay Samoki is one of the communities in Bontoc where loom weaving is a source of income among residents. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay