Baguio City – As part of the collaborative efforts to upgrade the city’s weaving industry, Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) Regional Director Nancy Bantog signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong yesterday, March 10, 2021.
“A common direction is needed for this joint effort to be successful,” Dr. Bantog said in her message during the ceremony, assuring full support to the four (4) beneficiaries, namely D' Dreamers Association of East Quirino Hill, The Conquerors Association of Middle Quirino Hill, Inc., West Quirino Hill Women's Organization and Share Weaver Association in Irisan.
The project titled "Upgrading the Loom Weaving Industry of Baguio City through Science, Technology and Innovation” of which DOST-CAR will bring in Php557,000.00 from its regional Grant-in-Aid program while the Baguio City Local Government Unit (LGU) with their counterpart of Php1.5M, is targeted to be operational within the year.
Under the MOA, DOST-CAR, through the Provincial S&T Center-Benguet and the Baguio City LGU will provide appropriate equipment for loom weaving as well as the implementation of capacity building programs. The DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) as well as appropriate experts shall be tapped for the implementation of development trainings for the loom weavers.
Meanwhile, the agreement entails developing new loom weaving products and designs in the locality, establishment of a Common Service Facility (in Middle Quirino Hill and Cypress Irisan) for loom weavers and the designation of the Botanical Garden in Baguio City as a loom weaving showcase and marketing center where loom weaving products will be put on display to the public—for tourists and residents alike.
In his message, Mayor Magalong extended his appreciation to the DOST-CAR for partnering with the city government in his initiative to develop the loom weaving industry. Further, he said he recently met with Bayo, a fashion company, who are also willing to help in the marketing and purchasing of locally-woven products, thus adding to the market potential of the industry.
DOST-CAR notes that these Science, Technology and Innovation initiatives among stakeholders will continue to offer avenues on sustainable livelihood and promote possible partnerships among businesses, thus enhancing the weaving industry in the city and neighboring Cordillera towns.// Christian Robert Sandoval