Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda has signed a P22.15 million grant assistance for the production of cocoon and high quality raw silk in the Philippines.
Grant recipient Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement International (OISCA), a Negros-based Japanese non-government organization, will provide the necessary support and assistance to the project.
While the production of textiles is popular in the Philippines, Filipinos commonly rely on imports from other countries for some of its raw silk materials, including those used for traditional costumes such as the “barong tagalog.“
The Philippine government aims to achieve the domestic production of all silk threads used in the country, making the nationwide deployment of support for sericulture together with OISCA an essential project to achieve this goal.
The assistance of OISCA in the silk farming industry in the Philippines has come a long way, carrying out sericulture support business in the Negros Island for more than 20 years.
Under this project, three provinces (Benguet, Aklan, and Misamis Oriental) will undergo leadership development seminars for spreading sericulture operations, short-term training for sericulture farmers, and mulberry field maintenance.
This aims to develop model sericulture farmers whose additional expertise in the future will certainly increase the production of cocoon and high quality raw silk.