CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela (PIA) - -The Igorot ethnic group pot makers of Cauayan City will soon not only engage in making pots but also in brick making after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Isabela recently trained them on the latter.
Conducted on September 22-23, 2022 at barangay San Isidro, the said upgrading skills training on brick making cum bookkeeping was designed to improve and advance the pottery making abilities especially of members of the Indigenous Peiople in various techniques in creating molds and designing pots.
DTI Isabela Shared Service Facility (SSF) Technical Assistant Armstrong Benedicto, said that the said IP pot makers were beneficiary of the SSF program of DTI and already availed equipment jiggering machine, manual potter’s wheels, kiln dryer, clay roller kneader, digging shovel, wheel borrower, brick molders, and pottery tool kit.
“We have recommended the use of raw materials such as fiber and silicone during the workshop as an alternative and addition to their present pot making for their economic and dynamic benefits,” Benedicto said.
The SSF is a program of the DTI that is meant to improve MSMEs competitiveness by providing machinery, equipment, tools, systems, accessories, and other auxiliary items, skills, and knowledge under a shared system.
Benedicto said that aside from the upgrading of skills on bricks and pot making, lectures on bookkeeping and fundamental accounting in running a business was also shared to the pot makers.
He said they have targeted the pot makers of barangay San Isidro will soon market their crafts to their local government unit as souvenir items, provide a learning site for universities for the preservation of the traditional art of pottery, and join trade fairs to promote their products and represent the City of Cauayan.
The training is a component of the DTI's SSF's 4R (Revisit, Reassess, Retrain, Rev-Up) Phase 2 initiative. (MDCT/MGE/PIA Isabela)