In support to the growing demand of hablon in the market today and to help the local weavers and uplift their livelihood, the Department of Trade and Industry has turned over loomweaving facilities to the Municipality of Miagao.
Some 14 steel terals (Handlooms), 2 digital embroidery machine and 1 desktop PC were received by Mayor Macario Napulan, M.D., Tourism Officer Anthony Selorio and LEED Consultant Dindo Nemiada from DTI Division Chief for Industry Development Division Esterlita Moleño Baddong and Trade Industry Specialist Shayne Jornadal in a ceremonial turn over held at the Justice Ramon B. Britanico Hall on December 4, 2018.
At present, Miagao has 158 terals and continues to grow as the Miagao Weavers Association headed by Selorio encourages new weavers as demand for Miagao Hablon soars.
The Hablon Industry in Miagao is evolving to become a sustainable local industry. It is being supported by the Cotton Production Program by 5 cluster barangays namely Baraclayan, Durog, Dawog, Maricolcol and Kirayan Tacas and is being assisted by PhilFIDA. Also a work in progress is the installation of Ginning, Spinning and Dying Vat project of DOST- PTRI at ISAT-U. All of these are fruits of the endless efforts of the Mayor to put Miagao Hablon as the town’s premier product.
DTI has lined various activities for industry development in Miagao. They do not limit to providing equipments but other intangibles such as Trainings, Mentoring, standardization and other capacity building activities. (DM/ABM)