More livelihood opportunities will be available to Taguig residents courtesy of water hyacinths.
This was after Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST – PTRI) to bring technology-based textile livelihood opportunities for city residents.
Under the MOA, the DOST-PTRI will provide technology that would turn water hyacinths into textile fibers.
It will also teach residents handloom weaving using PTRI-designed machines, and offer technical assistance, skills training, and business development support.
Taguig will provide the space for the machines, identify the beneficiaries, and provide the venues for the training.
This program will also help Taguig to address environmental issues concerning water hyacinths while allowing its disadvantaged and displaced workers to earn an income.
Cayetano said the program is in line with her agenda to make Taguig a transformative, lively, and caring city.
“Isa itong programa which will help us stay true to our desire to introduce Taguig as your Probinsyudad in the National Capital Region where history and modernization can coexist,” she said.
DOST-PTRI Director Dr. Julius Leaño Jr. said technology, particularly textiles, could provide opportunities for vulnerable sectors such as women, youth, persons with disabilities, and the urban poor.