Feature: Hand-in-hand for the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center in Miagao

Miagao embraces for another big thing for its people as it unveils the 1st Yarn Production and Innovation Center in Western Visayas at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) – Miagao Campus, Miagao, Iloilo on November 6, 2019.

The 42-million Grants-In-Aid Program project was financed by the Department of Science and Technology and in collaboration with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Miagao, Iloilo Science and Technology University – (ISAT-U) – Miagao Campus, Philippine Textile Research Institute, and Great Women Philippine Corporation.

Mayor Macario N. Napulan M.D. warmly welcomes the development as he envisioned this growth for the weavers and the people of Miagao.

When he started as mayor of this Municipality, he saw the situation of the local weavers, knowing that weaving is the source of their income, that’s why in order to really improve the weaving industry, the LGU Miagao took extra steps as they created an organization of all the weavers in one organization (Miagao Weavers Association) and put up Hablon Festival to promote our hablon products.

“The name of hablon started to be known not only in the Province of Iloilo, not only in the whole country but all over the world. Thank you couturiers and designers, you really helped and supported us but most especially thank you to our hablon weavers”  Mayor Napulan said.

For his part, ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong in his speech expressed his commitment and willingness to support the Program as he stressed that the Project is “Another milestone in the history of ISAT-U Miagao Campus and the Municipality of Miagao. We are ready for this and we welcome this Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC).”

According to DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña RYPIC will have a big impact that will complete the value chain of the weaving industry in the Municipality of Miagao.

The RYPIC is expected to be a huge factor in the development of the weaving industry and will also serve as a platform for more innovation for the hablon textile of the municipality. (ArveePaguntalan/Information Office)