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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Community weavers in Lanao del Norte province are encouraged to become major producers of Meranaw cultural textiles in the country.

In a statement Thursday, Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo called on members of women livelihood organizations in the province to become more productive in creating traditional fabrics.

"There are many (suppliers) who look for high-quality Meranaw fabrics around the country and I hope that these beneficiaries will become one of the major manufacturers," she said.

The Department of Trade and Industry in Northern Mindanao (DTI-10) is continuously assisting the weavers by handing over sewing machines and equipment to produce quality Meranaw wearables and handicrafts.

On Monday, the DTI under its Shared Service Facility (SSF) provided 10 sewing machines, two cloth cutting machines, and three sequencing and cutting tables worth PHP452,000 to the Pangutaman Women’s Association and the Islahiyyah Women’s Association in Maigo and Poona Piagapo towns, respectively.

Other beneficiaries are the Verg’s Curtain Shop in Lala town and the Atlas Farm School in Tubod.

DTI Provincial Director Jane Marie Tabucan said that all SSF is under a “shared system” and is not given to one micro, small, or medium enterprise only.

The program can be availed by cooperatives, associations, local government units, and academic institutions, she explained. (PNA)