Surigao Norte IPs in handicraft making
June 24, 2020
MAKATI CITY –
Twenty members of the Mamanwa tribe in Brgy. Camp Edward, Alegria,
Surigao del Norte were trained in handicraft making through the
partnership of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the
National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
The indigenous people (IP)
were trained to produce mats, bags, baskets and other handcrafted
products using indigenous materials growing prominently in the area
such as abaca, rattan strips (lagus), and golden sika (sayabay).
The training aimed to
equip selected participants with necessary skills as preparation to
potential bulk orders since only few from the community has enough
knowledge on handicrafts products as seen through the validation
conducted by DTI-Surigao del Norte.
Manny Venus and Felix
Abatayo, skilled weavers in Brgy. Camp Edward, served as the
trainers who supervised the three-day activity.
To help the Mamanwas meet
their assigned tasks during the workshops, starter kits and tools
were given for their processing activities.
Participants were expected
to execute and produce at least five designs for product enhancement
and mass production.
The outputs of this
activity will be market matched in the local and regional market and
will also be showcased in trade fairs.
“Gusto namo nga pag
mahisgotan ang Mamanwa sa Alegria, ang produkto ang malambigit sa
amo, dili lang ang among royalty (We want that the Mamanwa in
Alegria will also be known because of our products, not just because
of our royalty,” one of the participants said.