Through RYPIC, economic development and tourism will be boosted in the region from helping the farmers, weavers, up until the market once the demand for sustainable yarns increases. The harvested Philippine cotton by our farmers will be of greater value. Most importantly, farmers of pineapple, banana, and abaca can now use the wasted leaves and pseudostems of these plants to become the raw materials of the natural blended yarns made in RYPIC. RYPIC becomes the mechanism to jumpstart the use of natural blended yarns in the region from where the raw materials are sourced. RYPIC does not only help the farmers but also the local weavers as these RYPIC yarns can mainly be used for handloom woven fabrics.
The general objective of the RYPIC is to provide technical support to MSMEs involved in the manufacture of garments, textile, and allied products through the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarns.
For local textiles to offer a difference, yarn materials have to feature innovation. Making these innovative yarns available is a key step in communicating the technical and economic feasibility of yarn in a microscale yarn manufacture in the Philippines.
The progression to a regional version of the ICYT to RYPIC or Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center is a natural development towards the localization or the cluster approach to an industry sector and its input components: natural textile fiber which may be harnessed in the locales and neighboring provinces.
The first-ever regional micro-scale yarn-spinning facility in the country has been officially opened to the public!
The fruits of DOST-PTRI's R&D work are now ripe for picking as signified by the recent inauguration of the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) in ISAT U Miagao Campus, Miagao, Iloilo on November 6, 2019.
The RYPIC is established in partnership with Iloilo Science and Technology University (Isat-U Miagao), DOST Region VI, LGU in Miagao and GREAT Women Philippines Inc. (GREAT Women), and with the funding support of DOST-GIA.
A two-day planning workshop was conducted in Iloilo Science and Technology (ISAT-U) for the smooth implementation of the project, project's activity updates and crafting of a project for "DOST Inclusive Innovation Textile Empowering Life Anew (i2TELA) Program".
A total of 24 participants attended the Operational Planning Workshop of the RYPIC. The program started with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem followed by a welcome address from Engr. May S. Rico.
She also presented/outlined the workshop objectives and also reported what was transpired on the March 2019
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by DOST, DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Greatwomen Philippines Corporation (GWPhC), and the municipality of Miagao, Iloilo for the establishment of the center on Friday.
This aims to revive the textile sector in Western Visayas taking into account social, economic, ecological and sustainability considerations.
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