CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Lanao del Sur provincial tourism office has provided networking opportunities for local artisans to boost economic enterprise on homegrown craftsmanship.
Speaking at the Meranaw Artisan Summit in Marawi City on Tuesday, Lanao del Sur 1st District Board Member Ringo Usman Gandamra said the works of local artisans not only represent the Meranaw's rich culture, but also serve as an instrument to change how others perceive the community.
"Artisan work should not be taken for granted - with the height of technology and Westernization, we must double efforts not just keeping our Meranaw culture from being forgotten but also thrive on how to reach our full potentials," he said.
The lawmaker said there is a need to invest in the local sector's capacity to create handmade crafts as it can not only boost cultural diversity but also empower economic opportunities.
The summit forms part of the first 100 days development agenda of Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., which aims to ensure cross-sector collaboration and immersive educational experiences.
The activity also hoped to provide a bridge between artisans, industry, and key players in the handwork economy, and also encourage Meranaw artisans to be registered and provide a platform exhibiting their craft.
The summit includes three fora, with six panelists, engaging participants on matters of culture and creativity, while sharing experiences on how Meranaw artisans thrived in the competitive marketplace.
Mohammad Pangandaman, representing the cooperative sector, said coops and local entrepreneurship are contributors to Lanao del Sur's economic stability.
He said having artisans form cooperatives can be a viable solution to solving socio-economic problems in the province. (PNA)