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Northern Luzon will get a yarn spinning facility.

Following the success of its yarn production and innovation center in Iloilo, the government is planning to open a new one in Northern Luzon, as part of a four-year plan to open four more such centers across the country.

Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Fortunato de la Pea stated that another Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) will be established by 2022, providing opportunities to the people of Northern Luzon.

The RYPIC, according to De la Pea, is one of the facilities his department has set up to encourage innovation and growth in the region.

He explained, “It is an approach taken by PTRI (Philippine Textile Research Institute) and supported by DOST to close the gap in the supply of yarns using natural textile fibers.” “We have a lot of work to do to encourage our fellow Filipinos to champion homegrown technology and products and to enable local innovation.”

RYPIC, according to De la Pea, aims to kickstart local textile innovation ecosystems by meeting the needs of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the fashion industry, academia, and government institutions for yarns and fabrics made with local raw materials, skills, and talents.

It is also expected to bring communities and producers together and promote collaboration in the creation of products that will benefit all stakeholders economically, he said.

Aside from yarn production, the RYPIC will act as an innovation hub, promoting textile research and development in the region and generating economic activity in weaving communities across the country.

“Now we’re seeing how the RYPIC is beginning to shape yarn innovation not just in Iloilo but across the country,” he said. “This is thanks to digital technology, which allows us to make products known and available to anyone, wherever they may be.”

According to the Philippine national textile innovation map, the DOST plans to establish four more RYPICs in Northern Luzon, Southern Mindanao, Western Visayas, and Southern Luzon next year until 2025, following the establishment of the country’s first microscale yarn spinning facility in Iloilo.

The facility is housed on the Miag-ao campus of the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U).

DOST-6 Regional Director Rowen Gelonga viewed RYPIC as a “game-changer” in terms of technology, business model, and social impact.

“We are ecstatic to have this project here and to use it to revitalize our weaving industry.” It will enable us to increase the value of our textiles and other fiber-based products significantly. The added value here isn’t just limited to the economic or monetary benefits that we expect to see as a result of better and more inclusive supply chains. “The social and cultural value addition that the RYPIC provides to our weaving enterprises and communities, just like in the heydays of the Iloilo weaving industry, is equally important to us,” he said.

“Very soon, our very own farmers, alongside our weavers and artisans, will be proudly producing products that are worn by people not only in the Philippines, but all over the world,” he added.

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