ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, April 4 (PIA) — About 30 members of Bangon Kababaihan Bagong Cainta Incorporated attended a water hyacinth product dyeing training at the Livelihood Center, Municipal Hall, Cainta, Rizal held from April 2-4.
The three-day training was facilitated by the Department of Science and Technology – Rizal headed by Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza, DOST – Philippine Textile Research which works hand in hand with the Cainta LGU through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for the town’s water hyacinth processing.
DOST-PTRI specializes in the development and trainings regarding local and indigenous textiles and fibers. PTRI lecturer Procer Navarra discussed the proper method of bleaching and basic dyeing for processed water hyacinth during the three-day seminar in order for attendees to fully utilize dyestuffs with minimum wastage in learning the proper methods.
The Cainta LGU focuses on water hyacinth processing due to the high levels of congestion of the said plant along the Manggahan Floodway. Director Ablaza noted that the plants multiply at a fast rate especially in bodies of water with a high density of organic matter which causes flooding. In order to address the threat of flooding caused by water hyacinths and to give livelihood programs to locals, the LGU, government agencies and other concerned institutions such as the OneMeralco Foundation continuously provides support to the locals.
Women of Cainta process the plant harvested by their husbands at the local riverbanks which are bought from them at 25 centavos per high quality plant. The collected lilies are then dried and later on made into woven bags, slippers, wallets, pouches and other products.
Members of the BKBC and the MSWDO expressed their appreciation to the organizers and aim to bring what they have learned to the communities by teaching locals of the proper water hyacinth processing. (CPG/GG/PIA4A)