The Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) in the town of Miagao, Iloilo is set to be inaugurated next month.
The inauguration ceremony is tentatively set on April 22. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña is expected to grace the event.
The P41.57-million project is funded by the DOST through its Grants-In-Aid (GIA) Program.
“This yarn production center is the first of its kind in the Philippines. This will now become the basis for any possible subsequent projects in other parts of the Philippines. We are very happy that the center is established here in Iloilo,” said engineer Rowen Gelonga, DOST-6 director.
“With this center, we will able to to localize everything, we can plant our own cotton, convert that cotton to actual yarns and give them to our weavers. Nakumpleto naton halos ang value chain sang industry. And because of that, expect that more people will benefit from the weaving industry naton,” he further said.
On March 8, 2019, Great Women Philippines Corporation president Jeannie Javelosa, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) president Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) director Celia Elumba, Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan, and Gelonga signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of the yarn production center.
The center is situated within the compound of ISAT-U in Miagao.
Napulan said the project would boost the weaving industry not only in Miagao but in the whole country.
He noted that Miagao presently has almost 200 weavers.
“He have already identified areas for cotton plantations because we have to bring back the tradition in the 18th century when raw materials were produced from the town,” Napulan said.
The operations of the center will be handled by ISAT-U and Great Women Philippines.
Muyong is expecting that the center will enhance the research and development culture of the university.
“This will give opportunity to ISAT U to improve its research culture. Our role in research development is very important. This will provide us opportunity to open new programs like textile technology,” he said.IMT