July 25, 2024

The Cordillera Weaving Industry Council (CWIC) passed a resolution enjoining all government institutions in the region to integrate Cordillera woven fabrics in their uniforms to foster support for the local weavers.

The resolution states that the incorporation of the Cordilleran woven fabrics into the government uniforms will serve as branding and identity for the government agencies and offices in CAR when attending meetings and conferences in other regions.

“This initiative underscores the Cordillera’s unwavering commitment to holistic development, intertwining the growth of the weaving industry with the progress of government institutions, in a collective journey toward a more culturally enriched and economically empowered community,” the resolution reads.

The CWIC presented the resolution to the Regional Development Council  Sectoral Committee on Economic Development, which endorsed  the same to the RDC for approval.

During the CWIC meeting on last Aug. 30), Department of Science and Technology Assistant Regional Director Pepita Picpican reminded that since the CWIC is requesting government offices to acquire woven cloth, suppliers must be accredited and compliant with government procurement requirements.

“We are requesting the weavers’ associations to comply sa mga procurement requirements para qualified kayo na mag-supply sa government offices,” she said.

The requirements include a supplier’s information sheet, registration with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Cooperative Development Authority, and tax clearance, among others.

Picpican advised the weavers’ associations to comply with requirements to be qualified suppliers of not only woven clothes but also the products that can be used as tokens.

DTI-CAR Director Juliet Lucas also urged the agencies engaging with micro, small and medium enterprises in the region to register with the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (Philgeps).

She added that after the RDC approves the resolution, the CWIC has to follow up on its actualization and track agencies or offices that have complied with or implemented the resolution. Giving recognition to compliant agencies will also be considered.  – Debbie E. Gasingan