PhilFIDA Takes Collaborative Efforts in Enhancing Abaca Production in Tapaz, Capiz

Date Posted 05 April 2024

On March 14-15, 2024, the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority – Regional Satellite Office VI conducted the Abaca Production Technology Training in Brgy. Daan Sur, Tapaz, Capiz, in collaboration with the Municipal Social Welfare Office (MSWO) and the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO). With the participation of key representatives like Helen Fariñas from MSWO and Gregorio Gasis from MAO, the event aimed to empower local abaca farmers with essential skills and knowledge on abaca production. The training, facilitated by industry experts from RSO VI such as Ms. Valentina P. Macahilo and Mr. Narlito Celso E. Ocayo, attracted 42 abaca farmers from upland barangays, including members of the indigenous peoples’ community known as the “Panay Bukidnon.”

Throughout the training, participants engaged in interactive sessions, practical demonstrations, and informative discussions covering various aspects of abaca production from propagation techniques to fiber processing, Philippine National Standards (PNS) on abaca fiber, and fiber trading. This comprehensive curriculum provided farmers with valuable insights into optimizing their practices and ensuring compliance with industry standards. Moreover, the emphasis on collaboration and knowledge exchange fostered a sense of community among participants, facilitating collective efforts towards sustainable development in the abaca industry.

As the empowered farmers return to their communities armed with newfound knowledge and skills, the impact of the training extends far beyond its duration. With enhanced capabilities in abaca production, the Abaca Production Technology Training exemplifies a proactive approach to empowering rural communities and driving progress in the abaca industry toward sustainable development in the region as a whole.