A basic dressmaking skills training was provided by USTP CDO Extension and Community Relations Division last February 24-28, 2020 at Tagbak, Talakag, Bukidnon. A total of 15 participants composed of 3 men and 12 women community members of the Talaandig Cultural Community headed by Datu Delboy “Sabunutan” Parente successfully completed the training.
The Training Participants Wearing their Outputs
This Indigenous Peoples’ group was also a participant of the SALIKHA research study funded by the National Commission on Culture and Arts with Ms. Angelie A. Collera as the project leader. Initial discussion with the chieftain served as training needs assessment input. Datu Sabunutan dreams of having the community members provided with livelihood skills that will make them capable of providing for the needs of their family.
” “Dako gani akong pasalamat sa USTP labi na gyud sa atong teacher sa atong panahi nga mi-volunteer gayud sa pagtudlo sa atong mga tao dinhi … Dako nga kahigayunan nga makakat-on ang mga anak sa tribo, mga lumad nga makatuon gyud sila sa pagpanahi. Dako kayo na nga tabang sa komunidad (I am very thankful to USTP especially to our dressmaking teacher for coming here and volunteer in teaching the community members here… This is a great opportunity that the children of our tribe, that the lumads would learn dressmaking. This is indeed a great help to the community.),” said Datu Sabunutan. He also added that the training is of great help since there are jobless community members, “Kung dili sila diha sa ilang kaugalingon, mangita gyud sila ug asa sila mang-labor. Kung wala, istambay gyud sila. Naa may kabalo sa craft pero gamay ra man. Mas daghan ang ma-istambay dinhi labi na sa mga babae. Dako kini nga kahigayunan para nila (If they [community members] do not have their own work, they are forced to work as laborers elsewhere. If not, they have no choice but be idle. There are members who know crafts but there are only a few of them. Compared to the working ones, the number of idled members are greater specially women. This is a great opportunity for them.”)
Ms. Anabelle C. Dumaog, a CSTE faculty and the resource person for the training workshop says that she is pleased with the response of her training participants. Their attitude is commendable as they are most willing to learn and they also share the same vision with their chieftain on economic stability through livelihood skills. Ms Dumaog added that she wished that the trained participants will be provided with the needed sewing equipment, tools and materials so that they can realize their dream of producing cultural attire and ready to wear clothing. Hopefully the Extension Office can partner with other organizations that will help provide for the livelihood needs of this Talaandig tribe. Ms Dumaog was ably assisted by Ms. Ronela Enguito, an extension coordinator of USTP CDo Campus.
Judy Caipan wearing his creation
Judy Boy Caipan, one of the participants of the training is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the five day training, as he sees it as an opportunity to learn a new skill, ” Kini nga training nga gihatag sa amua about sa pagtahi , excited kay ko kay nakahimo ko ug shorts ug sinina. Wa ko nagdahum nga kaya diay nako, pero pag-abot sa training way lisod diay kay kung atong testingan kaya raman diay nato. Dako kayo akong kalipay kay nakadugang sa akong kahibalo kining pagtudlo sa amua ug pagpanahi… Sa wa pa ni niabot ang pagtraining sa pagpanahi, nasulti-an mi ni Datu [Sabunutan] nga dunay muabot nga training sa pagpanahi; akong nalantanaw kung angay ba. Ug busa niapil ko ani nga training kay nakita nako nga kung mu-improve akong kahibalo , maayo akong mahimo , dako kayo ang tabang sa akong pagpanginabuhi
(This training that is given to us made me excited because I was able to make my own shorts and sleeveless top. I did not expect that I would be able to do it, but when we were trained I found out that nothing is hard as long as we try it out. I’m very grateful that I gained a new skill… Before this training came, Datu [Sabunutan] told us that this would be conducted to our community, I personally though about it if it would actually help me. That is why I decided to participate because I saw that it is an opportunity for me to learn and help me in my livelihood)”. Seeing this is a great opportunity,
Caipan also added that hopefully more opportunities would be given to them, “Nanghinaut ko nga daghan ayuda, mutabang kanamo nga matagaan kami ug kaugalingon namo nga makina aron ang among pag-practice tuloy – tuloy na gyud hangtod sa ma-improve ang among nabaw-an gikan kang Ma’am Dumaog. Amung mapakita nga dili sayang ang among nasugdan ug sa USTP CDO nga training. (“I hope that more assistance would be given to us, that we would be awarded our own sewing machines so that we can practice even more and we would improve ourselves from what we learned from Ma’am Dumaog. Also, we can show that what USTP CDO has provided as training will not be wasted”).