CEBU CITY, June 9, (PIA)—Two Boholano groups managing and operating Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Shared Service Facilities (SSF) grabbed two of the four regional accolades as Best Performing SSF.
At the recent Negosyo, Konsumer at Iba Pa (NKABP) One DTI service showcase running June 9-11, at the Marco Polo Hotel in Lahug, this city, Tubigon Loomweavers Multi Purpose Cooperative Incorporated (TLMPCI), and Bohol Island State University (BISU) romped with the highest recognition for exemplary performance.
No less than DTI Secretary Adrian Cristobal, assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, undersecretaries Zenaida Maglaya and Regional Director Asteria Caberte personally handed and witnessed the handling out of trophies and certificates to the awardees during the regions first services showcase through the NKABP.
The other best performing SSFs are Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center (SPFTC) as well as the Responsive and United Bayawan Believers for Economic Recovery Cooperative (RUBBERCO).
Tubigon Loomweavers MPC operates a loomweaving SSF from Pinayagan in Tubigon town, while BISU operates the first fabrication laboratory in the country.
A weaver who works at TLMPCI, Mencina D. Vistal, 29 years old, married and with three kids, averred how the SSF has helped her family.
“I came from a family of loomweavers and I used to worked at home like many of us weavers in the municipality,” she confessed.
Weaving since 7 years old, she said she followed her weaver parents, but her mother has since worked at TLMPCI.
Herself a pantawid pamilya beneficiary, all she gets is P2,800 every two months, the amount clear insufficient for their needs.
When she knew of the Tubigon SSF, she applied.
While weaving for a full week gets her 30 meters and nets P700 a week less expenses from sales.
At TLMPCI, upon introduction of multi fibers and a wider loom, she now averages 6 meters a day producing the 55 inches width fabric.
“I can finish an average of 6 meters per day for a 55” width fabric. We can work overtime because we have lighting facility at the SSF Center,” she shared.
This, to her is way beyond her home weaving production. This gives her an income of P 900.00 on the average a day for 6 days, or P 5,400.00 per week.
Her income at the DTI SSF, including that of her husband, who now also works there, helped the family a lot.
“We can now buy food, the needs of our children who are all in school, simple things we do not have the opportunity to buy before, my husband now has started working on the repairs of our motorcycle unit that we use in commuting from our place to the production center and also we will start repairing our house.”
Mencina is just one of the over a hundred weavers working now at the Tubigon SSF.
Meanwhile, BISU Fabrication Laboratory in Tagbilaran has suddenly created a buzz among young designers who have found new digital tools to tinker with and explore their creativity.
The fablab, which features digital cutters, digital printers, prototyping machine technologies and meeting hub for start-ups has recently produced innovations like a sea-coral propagator, electronic scarecrow, e-bus collection system program, tricycle fare metered collection system and tourism novelty items that are either digitally printed or carved, designed and vectored at the fablab.
Latest and among their promising projects is upcycling and leaf manipulation, as well as heat pressing plastic grocery bags into monobloc raw materials.
A specially manufactured pasalubong booth from the fablab is now becoming another signature presence in the tourism market niches. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)