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Weaving better economic condition for a child laborer’s future

The beneficiaries receive bundles of nito vines and tools during the turn over at Brgy. Napatag Multi-purpose Gym.

 

A long black nito vine is just a plant in the wild but it is much valued by the beneficiaries of the DOLE-assisted Nito Weaving Project at Brgy. Napatag in the Municipality of Tangalan, Aklan.

Through the Php 825, 000 livelihood project, sixteen (16) parents of child laborers are now weaving the nito vine to augment their income and to support for their children’s needs.

The Regional Office and the barangay launched the project as an intervention to child labor incidence observed during the profiling conducted by the DOLE RO No. 6 through its Aklan Field Office in 2019 and 2021. 

The incidence of child labor prompted the Regional Office to initiate massive information drive on child’s rights and to create interventions through the DOLE livelihood program.

The gender-responsive and firm leadership of the barangay complemented DOLE’s aggressive campaign to end child labor by addressing poverty that forced children to engage in hard work.

The beneficiaries were provided with raw materials (nito vines), tools and jig like small knife, nipper, tape measure and masking tapes.

Aside from the parents of child laborers, 17 members of the marginalized sector, farmers, senior citizens, person with disability, and nito weavers also availed of the program.

In all, 33 beneficiaries are now weaving for a better economic condition.

Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. believes that the project will provide sustainable income to the families. “Sayang naman ang skills nila pag hindi nagamit.  They are seasoned and skilled weavers. With DOLE support, their expertise guarantees sustainability of the project and additional income to their families,” underscored RD Rodriguez.

He said that aside from livelihood, the project helps boost the identity of the barangay and the Province of Aklan in producing native products.

Brgy. Napatag is one of the 15 barangays in the Municipality of Tangalan that produces nito handicrafts along with other Aklan’s hand-woven products made of locally-grown fibers such as abaca and pineapple leaf.

RD Rodriguez observed that the trays and plates of various shapes, fruit bowl and, chip and dip made of nito are hot souvenir items for local and foreign tourists.

 “They have potential buyers,” said Aklan Field Office Head Joselito de la Banda confirming the marketability of the products. “Aside from small time markets and pasalubong centers, they are the long-time producers of export quality nito products of the largest handicrafts buyer and exporter in the province,”

With the steady decline of COVID 19 cases, Boracay and other tourist spots in the region are coming to life again and promise a potential market for the project.

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2022-04-26
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