Ifugao TESDA, PLGU train Lagawe sewers
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (29 November) -- At the height of the global financial crisis, the provincial government here is bent on creating jobs, generate additional income and expand the sewing industry.
Mr. Geraldo Nanglegan, head of the Haggiyo Enterprise Development Program, a Division under the Provincial Governor's Office here said that one of the lesser- known small industries in the province is the sewing industry. It has been existing for a long time but hardly noticed in the business realm. "Year in year out, their income stagnate because of few customers, most of them would rather patronize sewers outside the province because our sewers cannot expand their business due to lack of skills in tailoring, he said.
With the support of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the HEDP conducted recently a two week tailoring skills training to the Lagawe Sewers Association which aims to cater the athletic uniforms of Ifugao athletes, create more jobs for garments technology graduates; expand the sewing industry business and have a well-established tailoring business.
Nanglegan explained that they chose to enhance the sewing industry in Lagawe considering that it is the capital town and a business and educational center in the province. Most of the provincial and even regional activities especially sports are also being held. Sewing of uniforms for students of the educational institutions from day care to college provides a big opportunity for the sewers, he said.
However, having all these opportunities, he lamented that there are no expert tailors here who can sew uniforms of employees, students and athletes, thus they have no choice but to go into contract sewing outside the province.
The HEDP has identified 10 dressmakers and one part time tailor here who made sewing as their income generating project. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]