‘Yolanda’ survivors in Palawan undergo bamboo splits development workshop

November 13, 2014

NASSA/Caritas Philippines in coordination with the Social Action Center Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay and the Design Center of the Philippines has conducted a three-day product development training to 16 residents of Sitio Kiwit, Barangay Sagrada in Busuanga, Palawan on November 5 to 7.

Part of a series of livelihood programs intended for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda under the #ReachPhilippines program, the activity aims to revive the handicraft industry in the province by teaching the residents how to come up with better designs, quality products, and by providing marketing assistance.

According to Program Manager Edlin Indon of the Social Action Center of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, he wanted to develop the available indigenous material in the province which is bamboo split.

He did not also discount the possibility of catering the products of Sitio Kiwit to the international market in the future.

Indon added that they could start by having their own display center in the province where they could showcase the handicrafts made by the locals.

The Design Center of the Philippines, a technical agency of the Department of Trade and Industry mandated to promote the quality and competitiveness of Philippine products, also saw the potential of the handicraft industry in Palawan.

Indeed, with proper knowledge and training on product development, the residents of Sitio Kiwit could now see their dreams turn into reality.

“Naniniwala po ako na mapagtatapos ko po ang mga anak ko,” Lorna Daco, one of the beneficiaries, exclaimed.


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