Loren Legarda calls for gov’t agencies to support local textile industry
Senator Loren Legarda has called several government agencies to work together in order to support and further develop the local textile industry, which has already established a solid market globally over the past years.
“To ensure the sustainability of the local textile industry, there is a need for convergence among the agencies of government involved—from the production of raw materials, to training and workshops, provision of equipment and materials, product development and promotion program, and a systematic marketing system,” Legarda said.
According to her, among the challenges in the production of piña-seda textiles right now are the limited supply of silk as well as supply or manufacturer of knotted pineapple fiber, and less number of weavers.
“In particular for silk production, the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) noted that there is low confidence in the profitability of sericulture and the lack of integration of the supply and value chain,” Legarda said.
Another concern is the lack of water during extreme heat or periods of drought.
In terms of piña fiber, the tedious process of hand-scraping the fiber has likewise led to limited production.
“The irregular demand for piña cloth products due to its being a high-priced fabric, is also a challenge in promoting its use. Lack of capital to purchase raw materials, looms, and other tools and lack of trainings on weaving and product development are the other constraints,” the legislator further said.
Nevertheless, she said that the local textile industry is continuously evolving and these challenges only encourage innovativeness among industry stakeholders. Thus, the need for the government’s heightened support for the industry.