The Province of Misamis Oriental is among three provinces which will benefit from a P22 million assistance from Japan to develop its silk farming industry.
Photo below shows Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda holding the signed grant contract for the sericulture support with a representative of OISCA (Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement) International at the Embassy of Japan. OISCA is a Japanese NGO conducting activities in the Philippines.
In a press release, the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines stated that the OISCA assistance will be used in the domestic production of all silk threads used in the country.
Accordingly, Misamis Oriental as well as the province of Aklan and Benguet will undergo leadership development seminars for spreading sericulture operations, short-term training for sericulture farmers, and mulberry field maintenance. This aims to develop model sericulture farmers whose additional expertise in the future will certainly increase the production of cocoon and high quality raw silk.
The Philippine Textile Research Institute operates a Silkworm Breeding & Multiplication Center in Imelda, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
The Japanese assistance will also boost the province’s production of silk which is a major material in the fashion industry including the Barong Tagalog.