SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 16 (PIA) - Some 16 members of the Mamanwa tribe in Brgy. Cantugas, Mainit, this province were trained on handicraft making through the One Town One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next GEN) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted on October 1-5, 2018.
The indigenous people (IPs) were trained to produce mats, bags, baskets, and other handcrafted products using indigenous materials which are growing prominently in the area.
The materials include palm strips, nito, malawlaw and golden sika (sayabay).
Gina Bagasbas, a member of the pool of regional designers of the DTI Caraga, served as the consultant who supervised the week-long activity.
To help the Mamanwas meet their assignment, starter kits and tools were given for their processing activities.
OTOP Next GEN is DTI's program to capacitate of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through product development initiatives, training, referral, and other capacity building activities with the goal of leveling up the products in the areas of design, quality, volume, among others.
The outputs of this activity will be market-matched in the local and regional market and will also be showcased in the Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair October Edition SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. (Mardel Allen G. Delanto, DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)