(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

DTI trains female weavers in Dinagat Islands town

By Renelle Escuadro

Butuan City (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Dinagat Islands, in partnership with the local government of Loreto and its Municipal Tourism Office, spearheaded a three-day enhancement training on tikog and buri weaving at the Negosyo Center in Sta. Cruz, Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands on April 15-17.

It upskilled the members of the San Juan Women Mat Weavers Association.

The activity was designed for the women weavers of Loreto who were eager to explore the intricacies and finesse of “tikog” and “buri” product development to strengthen the weaving industry and stimulate economic growth in the town.

The members of the San Juan Women Mat Weavers Association in Loreto, Dinagat Islands felt proud as they completed the DTI’s three-day enhancement training on tikog and buri weaving. For them, weaving and learning are intertwined and promote inclusivity. Photo courtesy of DTI - PDI.

Director Elmer Natad of DTI said, “The participants gained comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience in every aspect of tikog and buri product development, from raw material sourcing to processing and product development.’

Natad added that through interactive sessions on weaving, dyeing, and finishing techniques, the participants acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance product quality and increase productivity.

Gloria Ramos, president of the women’s group, expressed appreciation to DTI and the local government of Loreto for teaching them with new techniques on weaving.

“From mats, we now learn how to weave vibrant and beautiful handbags, accessories, and other household items,” she said.

“I thank DTI and LGU-Loreto through the tourism office for considering our group as vital contributors in the weaving industry. This training only showed their concern to make us competitive by teaching us new things and to produce quality products from tikog and buri,” Ramos added.

To ensure the sustainability of the group as well as the income of the members, DTI opened an opportunity for the members of San Juan Women Mat Weavers Association in Loreto, Dinagat Islands to learn new techniques, designs, and improvements, among others, on tikog and buri weaving. Photo courtesy of DTI - PDI.

The rise of modern artisans, synthetic materials, and aesthetic designs, resulting in stiff market competition, has motivated the women weavers of Loreto town to thrive on their age-old tradition of weaving.

This government support allowed the women weavers to sustain the tikog and buri weaving industry in Loreto and in the province of Dinagat Islands by empowering them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and initiative to preserve a cherished cultural tradition and contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. (RLE/PIA–Dinagat Islands with a report from DTI-Dinagat Islands)