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PIA Press Release
2006/10/19

DOST presents abaca textile finished product

by Rebecca Cadavos

Maasin City (19 October) -- The newly started textiles product made from abaca was presented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the Kaabag TV program held last October 17 initiated by the Philippine Information Agency and the Public Information Officers of Southern Leyte (PIOSL).

DOST Provincial Director Dominador Calvejo showed a plain and designed sinamay cloth and a ready-to-wear barong to the viewers through the Kaabag TV program. It was already refined through a Rotary Press Machine and is already ready for use and to market.

Clavejo together with some representatives from DOST Regional Office-8 disclosed that the abaca made textile had just started its production through the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Brgy. San Rafael here as capital assistance for their families. The group was granted by the DOST the roller presser worth P417,000 to do the processing

Clavejo revealed that the textiles designed from abaca was coordinated by the Metal Research Industry and Development Center (MIRDC) with their technical know-how on the project. They were also assisted by the Philippine Textile Research Industry (PTRI) as one of their partners who trained the beneficiaries on how to operate the rotary pressing machine designed to make abaca textiles and the dyeing procedures for the sinamay cloth.

It was learned that the said machine was intended for San Rafael Overseas Filipino Workers and Families Multi-purpose Cooperative, in addition to their livelihood project to help them in their day-to-day lives. They had also availed the "groceria" project from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) worth P50,000 of grocery items from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Clavejo during the interview hosted by PIO Velma Kangleon, of the Provincial Population Office encouraged small entrepreneurs to visit their office because DOST if willing to extend technical assistance and assist in their capital build-up to make small business competitive.

The Kaabag TV program was also attended by Chief Technical Division Mae Ann Reyes, Consultancy Coordinator Engr Ramil Uy, both of DOST-RO-8, Henry Lopez from MIRDC and Telma Sipin from PTRI. (PIA) [top]

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