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Philippines

Promotion of Sustainable Communities across the Philippines through Silk Production

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Year Started

1996

Name of Director

Mr. Watanabe Shigemi

Project Description and Activities

Initially started to improve the economic condition of the local farmers of Negros Islands who are dependent on the declining sugar industry. The project is designed to create a source of livelihood among the locals living in mountainous areas through the cocoon production and secure a stable source of income for the women in rural areas through weaving and manual extraction of spun silk from silk waste.

  • Intensive trainings on sericulture production by local and Japanese experts at OISCA Bago Training Center prior to actual cocoon production. 

  • Provision of cocoon production inputs such as mulberry cuttings, silkworms, and rearing houses among the sericulture farmers.

  • Cocoons produced by farmers are collected, reeled, and weaved at OISCA training center. 

  • Sericulture farmers receive technical assistance from local experts who have undergone trainings in Japan. 

Project Impact

  • As the locals are provided with jobs, the project uplifted the economic conditions of the people, particularly women and elderly living in remote and mountainous areas.

  • Reeling and weaving process of production are mainly operated by women and hence promotes women empowerment.

  • The project helps in propelling the Philippine`s economy. The 1.5 metric tons of silk yarn annually produced under the project accounts for 90% of the country`s silk production.  

Project Location 

  • Luzon (Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya) 

  • Visayas (Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Negros Islands)

  • Mindanao (Misamis Oriental)

Counterpart Agency 

Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, The Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

 

 

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