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DOST V highlights Bicol textile innovations in TELA Conference

January 27, 2022

RD Rommel R. Serrano featured the DOST V initiatives and undertakings for the textile and its allied textile industries in Bicol during the 2022 TELA Conference Session 7 under the theme "Towards Inclusivity in Textile Innovations."

In celebration of the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month and its 55th Founding Anniversary, the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI) successfully spearheaded its annual TELA Stakeholders’ Conference on January 20, 2022 via Zoom and Facebook Live.

As one of the event's distinguished speakers, RD Serrano discussed how Bicol's top fiber commodities, such as abaca, piña fibers, and other indigenous textile fibers, interloop a culture of teamwork and collaboration among government agencies, institutions and the fabric industry.

"To promote inclusivity, the textile industry must have increased access to finance, market linkages, product development, and appropriate machineries/technologies along with engagement of all relevant stakeholders and innovation actors in the region," RD Serrano stated as he calls for more collaboration in addressing the challenges and gaining opportunities for the Bicol textile industry.

This year's second virtual conference, with the theme "Weaving a Creative, Sustainable, and Inclusive Future of Philippine Textiles, Today," exemplified some of the commitments to inclusivity and role of the DOST regional offices in providing the needed coordination with the initiatives and programs of not just PTRI but of the DOST as a whole.