OFWs, expatriates promote Kalinga native wearables

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, April 13 (PIA) - - Local woven products are finding their way to other countries through the patronage of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and expatriates from the province.


Renen Szilardo de Guzman, Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines- Baguio Institute of Management presented this input  during a value chain analysis workshop organized by the Department of Trade and Industry provincial office here.

 The workshop was aimed to revisit the established value chain map for the industry and identify key stakeholders, gaps and issues.

The wearables and fashion accessories, gifts and house decors are  produced by about 300 weavers in the province.

De Guzman also  explained that engaging into business should also be for something else - not for profit alone but turning business into a development heritage especially on selling products with cultural values.

 The activity included action planning involving government agencies to find their place in the business spectrum and also their connectivity in the value chain.

Government stakeholders are composed of regulators under which businesses are registered and permitted to operate, and checked that raw materials are legally acquired while intervenors are those mandated by law to extend capital support and financial augmentation, technical assistance and training to medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME).

It culminated with MSMEs learning techniques to enhance their products.

Benita Mangadap of DTI said it is through convergence that the industry can reach a wider market.  More so if local products are patented to identify them from imitation products. Peter A. Balocnit (ALT/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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