By: Yoanne V. Yambao
Technology Transfer, Information and Promotions Staff
The awarding of Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center Machine Operator Certificates was held on May 24, 2022 at Camiña Balay Nga Bato, Iloilo City, facilitated by Ms. Evangeline Flor Manalang, the Head of the Technology Transfer Information and Promotion Staff of DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI).
The DOST-PTRI certifies a staff as a RYPIC Machine Operator if he/she possesses adequate knowledge and skills in fiber treatment and yarn manufacturing and has successfully attended the seminars, training and immersion required by the Institute in RYPIC operations for at least one (1) year.
The Training attended by the staff includes the Basic Textile Technology, Yarn Manufacturing, and Fiber Treatment Technology Courses.
To assess the staff competencies, the Institute conducted an online exam covering topics from fibers to spinning followed by demonstrations on how to operate the various machines in the presence of an assessor - a DOST-PTRI expert.
Based on the results and evaluation, 100% of the staff were assessed to be competent in operating the machines and conducting the processes involved in yarn production.
DOST-PTRI Director Celia Elumba, Ms. Evangeline Flor Manalang, and Engr. Daniel Leon Lavin awarded the certificates to the RYPIC Iloilo Staff: Ms. Gianne Lambojon, Mr. Oliver Montaño, Mr. Alex Piagoda and Mr. Bernan Deocos.
The awardees expressed their gratitude to the DOST – PTRI, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U), and other RYPIC partners for the opportunity to work on the project and continue working after the RYPIC Iloilo has been transferred to ISAT U. They shared that the project brought them a sense of pride and a great help not just for them but also to the farmers and weavers in the municipality of Miagao, Iloilo. The new employee, Ms. Lovella Arcena, thanked the Institute and the university for allowing her to work in the facility.
Director Elumba, Engr. Lavin, Ms. Manalang, and Ms. Marnie Dones gave their thank you messages to everyone involved in the project and the RYPIC Northern Luzon Project team and partners in Isabela and Apayao.
Isabela State University, Apayao State College, and DOST Region II also witnessed the awarding ceremony.
DOST-PTRI, attuned to the TELA Pilipinas campaign, continues to build skills in textile technologies, particularly in the human resources in the regions that shall sustain the textile innovation in their specific localities.
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