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Coco scrap materials provide a livelihood opportunity for antique artisans

Coco scrap materials provide a livelihood opportunity for antique artisans

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SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – An antique craftsman has found a viable livelihood by using coconut waste materials.

Jeeff De Asis, a coconut artisan from Barangay Carit-an in Patnongon Parish, shared how he began his journey of making crafts from coconut waste materials and how it helped him earn his income as a Tanod chief at Barangay Carit-an to increase. a, Patnongon.

De Asis was recently invited by the Antique Provincial Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to host a coconut craft demonstration at their Obra Antiqueño trade fair at Robinsons Mall.

He showed attendees how to make a “hantic” or red ant lampshade from coconut shells, which won the Most Innovative Product award during the Panubli-on Heritage Fair 2022 on November 20 last year in Iloilo City.

“It was my first time attending DTI’s Panubli-on Heritage Fair and I didn’t expect the lamp shape to win the award,” he said.

He said the lampshade was made from two coconut shells that he collected and mounted on wood as a stand.

De Asis also said he was inspired to sculpt the lampshade in the shape of an ant in honor of his home province of Antique, where his name comes from.

“There is great potential in coconut crafting because of the raw materials available,” said De Asis.

He said artisans like him need national government support through the DTI and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to get their seed capital and training.

With the craft he now provides work for his in-laws whom he also trained to make key rings, fridge magnets and cell phone holders which they sell.

“There are now six to seven people that I have trained in our barangay who are willing to engage in coconut crafts but lack the necessary tools to do so,” he said.

He hoped they could use DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) or DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to keep his business going. PNA

Photo credit: PNA/DTI antique

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