MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (PIA)--The provincial government of Davao Oriental will be buying some P85,000 worth of "Nitto"-made handicrafts from Mandaya handicrafts makers in Sitio Danlaisan, Sangab in the municipality of Caraga, this province.
In his conversation with Philippine Information Agency XI Officer-in-Charge Frances Mae Macapagat, Provincial Governor Chief of Staff Ednar Dayanghirang revealed that the move was aimed at helping this particular handicraft in that IP community flourish.
"We have to support them, we don't have to create another (livelihood)," he said.
The provincial government will use these "Nitto"-made handicrafts (hats and backpacks) as souvenir items for visitors and will sell some to souvenir shops in the province.
The local government will be sending samples to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao Oriental Field Office for product improvement of this IP-made handicraft.
The Nitto handicrafts will form part of the highlights of Kalindugan Festival set for Oct. 26-27 in Sangab, Caraga. (Philippine Information Agency XI/ Jeanevive D. Abangan)