The municipality of Roxas is set to enter into an agreement with a group of local abaca growers and the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) that aims to develop “sinamay weaving” as a local industry.

The Roxas Sangguniang Bayan on Monday passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Dennis Sabando to sign the agreement on behalf of the municipality.

Under the partnership agreement, the municipality will include the project in its development plans as a means of providing employment to its constituents and will allocate counterpart funding support.

The other party to the agreement is the Maharlika Little Caramay Abaca Growers’ Association (MLAGA) represented by its president Ruel P. Gabo.

PhilFIDA, as the lead agency, shall coordinate with the municipality for the provision of two sets of handloom weaving devices with complete accessories, warping board, and spooling device.

SB Gerardo Garnado, the author of the resolution, told Palawan News that PhilFIDA will provide initial supplies and materials needed in the conduct of these project activities, including technical assistance, while MLAGA will cooperate with PhilFIDA and LGU Roxas in the implementation of the project.

“PhilFIDA as the lead agency coordinate with the LGU Roxas in the provision of two initials supplies (material and technical) assistance while the LGU will act as co-implementor through the provision of funding support. The MLAGA as the recipient of the program shall assist in the conduct of livelihood training production and sinamay weaving,” Garnado said.