The abundance of indigenous materials in region 02 particularly corn husk has led to the Department of Trade and Industry to intensify promotion of skills training in the region using corn husks as primary raw materials.
Several corn husk craft twining and weaving skills trainings were conducted in different municipalities in Isabela which started in 2013.
On April 15-17, 2015, another skills training on corn husk craft twining and weaving were conducted for members of the Lapogan Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) in Tumauini, Isabela.
The 3 day skills training was spearheaded by DTI–CARP Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ms. Madelyn Bulan and covered the following topics: familiarization of tools, design preparation and prototyping, presentation of different twining and weaving techniques, binding and design application, among others. It was first introduced to thirty three (33) members of the KARIGO Corn Husk Fashion and Accessories Association that now serves as trainor for the training.
Some of the SMEs benefitted were members of San Rafael Kababaihan Association (Ilagan), Sta. Isabel Auto Savings Groups (Ilagan), Cabagan Rural Improvement Club (Cabagan), Power of 37! (Santiago City), Jones Rural Improvement Club (Jones) and Angadanan Rural Improvement Club, all in Isabela.