The Guihulngan Weavers of Pandan Association went through an enhancement training in design for handicraft products recently at the Guihulngan Satellite Skills Development Center in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
The training was conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry and supported by the local government unit of Guihulngan through Councilor Jessica Villarmente. The GWAPA members are wives of CAFGU members, rebel returnees and Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program beneficiaries in Guihulngan.
Bag designer, Daisy Tirambulo, was among the resource persons. The DTI had assured a ready market for the handicraft products. Some of the native product buyers are asking the producers to improve the style and quality of their products, following international standards.
Villarmente said pandan leaves which are the primary materials in making native handicraft products are abundant in Guihulngan.
The mass production of the native handicraft products will complement the livelihood of the women weavers who are trained in handicraft products like bags, placemats, sleeping mats and Christmas decorations.*MA
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