Handicrafts promise 'jobs' for rural folks
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan City (June 2) -- More than a hundred interested rural folks from Basey, Pinabacdao, Hinabangan, Catbalogan and lately Calbayog City have ventured into 'handicrafts' for the needed income.
In a talk with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Samar chief, Engr Meilou Macabare, she said that this venture that pre-occupies housewives and other adult males is under the Sub-contracting Partners for Innovation (SPIN).
The program applies the small-brother and big brother alliance where DTI partners with a people's organization, an association or a group of good standing where they implement the DTI mission.
PIA Samar witnessed the training in a trip to Fr. Cesar Aculan's Sustainable Agriculture Demo Farm in Barangay Limarayon, Calbayog City where some beneficiaries from eight barangays were training on handicrafts by a staff of 33.3 Exporters Nick Montejo from Cebu City.
The baskets and trays being made use native materials, Mana Lolita Peru, 59 said she believes that the training was a good idea to make her and other women friends busier plus a promise of an income when they become experts.
Macabare told PIA that the training involved not only DTI but other partners like the Social Action Center (SAC) of the Calbayog Diocese.
Other partners include the LGUs of Basey, Pinabacdao, Hinabangan and Catbalogan.
Some trainers also come from the army particularly the 801st Bde under Col Alex Albano.
Macabare also mentioned Representative Sharee Ann Tan who 'discovered' 33.3 Exporters in need of manpower to fill the endless demand for handcrafted baskets and trays.
Soon those trained rural folks will be turning experts in this handicraft and at the same time earning modestly for their families. (PIA-Samar) [top]