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CSC encourages the usage of PH tropical materials for official attire

To promote patriotism and nationalism among public servants and employees, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Thursday ordered all government agencies to adopt Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) for employee uniforms.

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“We urge all government organizations to promote the usage of regional textiles and fabrics by incorporating them into the official and staff uniforms as the primary fabric. As stated in a news release, this complies with Republic Act No. 9242, according to CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

The use of PTF is required for official uniforms of public officials and employees, as well as for other purposes that call for the use of fabrics in government offices and functions, according to Section 3 of RA No. 9242, titled “An Act Prescribing the Use of Philippine Tropical Fabrics for Uniforms of Public Officials and Employees and for Other Purposes.”

PTF is made of natural textile fibers from the Philippines, including silk, abaca, banana, and pineapple leaf. These fibers are produced, spun, woven, or knitted in the Philippines.

According to RA 9242, often known as the PTF Law, fabrics must include at least 15% by weight of silk or at least 5% by weight of either abaca leaf sheath, banana pseudostem, or pineapple leaf.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (DA-PhilFIDA), and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) were invited to join the PTF Technical Working Group (PTF TWG) to review the existing Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the continued implementation of RA 9242.

The proposed Amended IRR was developed by the PTF TWG and presented to the stakeholders in the private sector last year who were organizations from the PTF Industry. The dialogue with the stakeholders included requests for and discussions of feedback from the private sector. The Modified IRR, which will be submitted for approval and promulgation, is now being finalized by the CSC based on the agreements.

The CSC stated that all operations, including the distribution of the modified IRR to government entities, are planned to take place during the first semester of 2023. By the second half of the year, full implementation is anticipated.

“We believe that by releasing the Amended IRR of the PTF Law, we have taken steps toward realizing the law’s goal of instilling patriotism and nationalism among the populace, particularly public officials and employees, through the usage of the PTF for office uniforms. We will support and resurrect the local fiber and textile sectors in the nation by encouraging the preferential use of locally produced goods and resources, said Nograles.

Nograles also thanked Senator Loren Legarda, the primary author of the PTF Law, for her ongoing support and advocacy by promoting and purchasing locally created textiles, particularly the PTF both domestically and internationally.

collaboration with DOST-PTRI

During the Philippine Textile Industry Stakeholders’ Conference, which was held last January 26 in Makati City, the CSC extended its collaboration with DOST-PTRI for the creation of CSC employee uniforms.

In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding, DOST-PTRI, and CSC will continue to work together on the latter’s project, “Design and Production of Primary Group of Government Agencies Uniforms to Boost the Mainstream Market of the Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) in the Country through the Inclusive Business Approach.”

The stated project intends to advance and strengthen the PTF’s use as the primary fabric for government agencies’ uniforms. The two organizations will collaborate to create a single set of uniform designs and prototypes for the CSC workforce, with June 2023 specified as the completion date.

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