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Fiber group promotes use of raw materials

Cagayan de Oro City (13 August) -- Go green. This is the byword used to encourage people to support the environment. Practically everyone in the globe knows its value.

Go local. This should be another byword that we Filipinos ought to live by as well to support our local economy and keep its wheels turning.

Combining going green and going local could have favorable results especially to the Misamis Oriental Multi-Fiber Cluster, Inc. (MOMCI), the association of handicraft producers. Using indigenous materials such as abaca fiber, cogon grass, flowers, and leaves, members of MOMCI are able to creatively design and manufacture novelty items such as bags, cards, writing materials, and other similar items. These are sold locally and exported to clients abroad, particularly in the US and in Europe. But these quality crafted items and accessories that boast of Filipino ingenuity, have yet to be appreciated by most Filipinos.

"On one hand it is sad that most of our countrymen prefer imported goods that are expensive and do not support local businesses while people in the US and Europe appreciate the novelty of our products," MOMCI president Vivian Libao of Puyo Handicrafts noted. "But on the other hand, we at MOMCI consider this lack of patronage as a challenge. Moreover, we are confident because we produce environment-friendly products which are globally acceptable," she further explained. Libao also urges the general public to support and patronize their products in order to sustain the livelihood of women and indigenous people.

MOMCI products will be on display at the Kahimunan Mindanao 2008, The 3rd Mindanao Island Fair, at The Atrium of the Limketkai Center from August 22-25, 2008. Over a hundred micro, small and medium enterprises from regions 9, 10, 11, 12 and CARAGA will be participating in the fair. The Kahimunan Mindanao 2008 is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry 10 and is a core event of this year's Kagay-an Festival. (DTI-10) [top]

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