CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 celebrates this women’s month with the stories of resilience and triumphs of some women of northern Mindanao from whom the public could draw inspiration.
In this year’s first episode of its “Kababaihan Para sa Kalambuan” (Women for Progress) talk show, DOT-10 showcases the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association, a producer of native mats woven using the Sodsod grass, which is endemic in Bukidnon province.
Lorielinda Marte, the founder of the association, said mat making is not only a means of livelihood for Tagolwanen women, but it is also a way of keeping their tradition, as the detailed design found in each mat reflects the tribe’s values and beliefs.
“Ang pagsugod ug pag-organize dili sayon ilabi na kung wala’y pondo. Ang pagsugod sa negosyo dili tanang mag kinahanglan ka’g dako nga puhunan. Kung unsa’y naa sa palibot, unsay talent pwede nimo mahimong pahunan. Importante pud ang sipag,” she said.
(Starting and organizing is not easy, especially when there is no funding. Starting a business does not always require a large investment. What’s around, the talent, are things in which you can invest. Diligence is also important)
Marte said their association started in 2012 with only one weaver, but now they have 148 active women weavers, some of whom belong to the younger generation.
The woman social entrepreneur was also proud to share that the construction of their laboratory hub commenced on March 8. She said the project was funded through a grant from the Australian Embassy.
Marte said the hub is targeted to be completed in June this year and is eyed as an eco-tourism site in Bukidnon.
With this, she thanked the Australian Embassy and all those who helped them realize the project.
Marte also conveyed her appreciation to DOT-10 for helping the association promote its products. (APB/PIA-10)