By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

ILIGAN CITY, May 15 (PIA ICCC) – To revive the handloom weaving among Maranaos, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provides technical and financial assistance to the displaced Maranaos  following the Marawi siege that happened almost two years ago.

The DOST in partnership with the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology’s (MSU-IIT) Maranao Collectible and the local government unit, the project aims to preserve and strengthen the handloom weaving industry, as it represents culture and tradition of Mindanaons especially the Maranaos.

Keno Elumbaring, Project Assistant for DOST-TFBM Programs said the project supports the rebuilding of Maranaos’ livelihood.

The beneficiaries include the home-based IDPs currently staying within Iligan City, Cagayan De Oro and other areas of Lanao del Norte.

“This is part of DOST’s support to rebuilding and reorganizing the loom weavers affected by the conflict in Marawi City,” Elumbaring said.

The target beneficiaries will undergo skills training on weaving and hands-on activities.

DOST will also help in the production and promotion of local hand-woven crafts. A loom weaving equipment will be provided to the beneficiaries including the installation of loom weaving machines in the identified sites.

“DOST will monitor and assess the beneficiaries if they are able to improve and enhance their skills in handloom weaving,” Elumbaring added.

The project implementation includes the setting-up of weaving center within selected areas in Marawi City and its neighboring communities, which were also affected by the siege.

The DOST is a member agency of the Task Force Marawi’s Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood. It targets to preserve the cultural and artistic value of the weaving industry among Marawi residents. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)