Weaver’s fo­rum hopes to en­hance in­dus­try

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THREADING its first weaver’s fo­rum, the Cordillera Weavers Pro­duc­ers Co­op­er­a­tive (CWPC) in part­ner­ship with Benguet State Univer­sity (BSU) and line agencies such as Co­op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA), and the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT), held the Cordillera 1st Weaver’s Fo­rum on April 12, 2018 at the BSU Col­lege of Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Func­tion Hall.

BSU pres­i­dent Feli­ciano Calora, Jr said it is part of BSU’s ad­vo­cacy con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment through en­gag­ing with its part­ner agencies. He also en­cour­aged the CDA to pro­vide funds for weavers as­so­ci­a­tions to be able to bench­mark with other coun­tries.

“I hope the re­search com­po­nent of this is con­sid­ered pri­mar­ily be­cause we have to be in­no­va­tive, we have to use new tech­nolo­gies in de­vel­op­ing new weaves that will be world-class and glob­ally ac­cept­able,” Calora said. “Thus I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to go out and visit places.”

CDA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Dr. Eu­lo­gio Castillo mean­while ob­served in the Cordilleras, the environment is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing with the in­ten-

sive fo­cus on tourism. He said that the na­ture, cul­ture, and busi­ness are in­ter­twined. If one is dam­aged, then the whole con­nec­tion is lost.

Castillo said it is a chal­lenge to main­tain the con­nec­tion be­tween the trio as the tourism busi­ness is likely the one that would dam­age the environment and cul­ture while urg­ing the com­mu­nity or the lo­cal govern­ment unit to find an in­ter­ven­tion that would re­tain the con­nec­tion na­ture, cul­ture, and busi­ness.

“This is why we ap­proached (our part­ner agencies), to de­velop a plan to pro­mote, ex­pand, con­serve, and en­hance the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the weav­ing in­dus­try in Cordillera,” ex­pressed Castillo.

Castillo added the in­dus­try is los­ing its com­pet­i­tive­ness in the mar­ket as the in­roads of mod­ern­iza­tion ap­proaches adding to it the wan­ing in­ter­est and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the pub­lic to the tra­di­tional weave.

The CDA of­fi­cial mean­while en­cour­aged that ac­tion is re­quired to ad­dress its is­sues with the fo­rum as the ini­tia­tive to en­hance the weav­ing in­dus­try and dis­cuss each is­sue con­cern­ing it.

Part­ner agencies, added Castillo are im­plored to con­trib­ute to its de­vel­op­ment from its re­sources, its process, to the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­mu­nity.

“We have to har­ness the co­op­er­a­tive spirit para magka­roon ng con­gre­ga­tions yung mga weavers, and a place to go kung may­roon silang itatanong, gus­tong gawin, o gus­tong i-im­prove. That will serve now as the con­ver­gence point of the var­i­ous in­ter­ests re­gard­ing the weav­ing in­dus­try,” Castillo said.

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