Indigenous peoples train on handicraft making
Esperanza, Agusan del Sur – Some 18 indigenous peoples [IPs] in the western barangays of Esperanza are now trained on handicraft making through Yamang Pinoy, a Bottom-up-Budgeting (BuB) project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the municipality.
The trained IPs are expected to produce mats, beads, bags, baskets and other handcrafted products using indigenous materials which are growing prominently in the area. The materials include romblon, water hyacinth, tikog, palm strips or kalakat, and nito.
Five (5) design collections were given to the group. From these, the trainees are to make 30 new products.
To help them meet the assignment, starter kits and tools were given to the trainees for their processing activities.
This BUB project worth Php 800,000.00 of the local government unit of Esperanza is funded through the DTI in Agusan del Sur. The funds will be spent for other capability building activities for the group, actual production and marketing expenses.
It is hoped that with the enhanced skills and marketing support from the local government unit and the nearest Negosyo Center (currently in Bayugan City) the IPs will make this a sustainable economic activity to increase their income.
Endorsed for release: BRENDA B. CORVERA