Upon knowing of bags beautifully crafted by Indigenous People in Oriental Mindoro, and seeing their marketability and potential to become a community enterprise, Regional Director Atty. Alvin M. Villamor immediately instructed the Field Office to conduct visitation in the area and look for all possible ways to extend assistance to the tribe.
Thus, on March 07, 2017, Ramezes Torres, DOLE OrMin DILEEP Focal Person together with other personnel of DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Office and PESO Manager Lowell Anastacio visited the tribe inhabiting Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. There, the Hanunuo-Mangyans were seen artistically and creatively producing hand-made products.
The handicrafts of the tribe include bags and wallets made from yarn of different types, from beads and also from buri (palm tree) or locally known as buli. There were also bracelets and necklaces made from colorful beads. Table cloth were also available.
At present, the tribe is producing and selling their products individually. They buy their own raw materials from nearby towns, if unavailable in the town of Mansalay.
The tribe was oriented on DOLE Livelihood Program wherein they were informed that grants can be given out to an association with viable livelihood projects. They were given an idea that if all of them will unite and pursue to receive an assistance, DOLE can provide their group funds to buy necessary materials and equipment for the enhancement of their livelihood. This will also help them increase their income and eventually help inclusive growth. Based from their skillfully-made products, challenges to make it as the tribe’s community enterprise are not insurmountable.
The Hanunuo-Mangyans have to be organized first, registered with DOLE and BIR and complete other requirements in order for the grant to be released.
DOLE, PESO and the Barangay Government of Panaytayan, Mansalay are committed to join efforts to make this project possible.
This effort of trying to reach out even to communities in the far-flung areas of the region is another distinctive way of showing DOLE’s strong commitment to bring services to the marginalized and often neglected members of the society.
End/Lorie Catapang for DOLE OrMin