DTI and Santiago City’s Office of the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) conducted a one day seminar on Entrepreneurship and Consumer Education and Information on Monday, April17, 2017 a part of the social preparation component of the Livelihood Project, “Katribu, Magnegosyo Tayo!” - One Tribe, One Product (OTOP) Project undertaken by the IPMR.
Attending the seminar were 33 members and village chieftains of the different IP tribes of Santiago City, among them the Gaddangs, Igorots, Ifugao, Yogads and Muslims.
The project encourages Indigenous Cultural Communities to produce and market distinct products using raw materials available and employing their own people by promoting skills inherent to their tribes such as loom weaving, ceramic making and bag-making. Products are expected to be more than just items for sale but are also tangible expressions of the culture and tradition that they have grown with and steadfastly sustain by practice.
The project is expected to increase economic activity by 15% and increase the number of direct and indirect workers in the identified industry by at least 10%. The industries affected as earlier mentioned would be loom weaving, ceramics and bag making.