ASOSASYON NG MGA MAGTATAGAK AT MAGHAHABI NG CAJIDIOCAN

Asosasyon ng mga Maghahabi at Magtatagak ng Cajidiocan (AMNAC) Carmelinda Juanzo Handloom-weaved scarfs, shoals, table-runners,etc. 09155530594 The association was primarily called as Nahot ng Sibuyan Association. It was established in 2012 as a community-based organization that would develop the abundant abaca resource in the island of Sibuyan, particularly in Cajidiocan. It sprung from the initiatives of the Romblon State University (RSU) Cajidiocan Campus and the DTI which initially partnered for the preliminary assessment of the resource and in training locals how to strip the fibers from the trunk of the abaca plant. This partnership led to the discovery that about 13 hectares plantation for abaca with about 13,000 plants was left by an environment conservation group (WWF) in Sitio Hagimit, Barangay Lumbang Este, Cajidiocan but remains untapped as the local do not have the knowledge for the utilization of the fibers. The DTI then referred the project to partner agencies in the Project GRACE (Generating Resources of Agencies for Community Empowerment) which promised assistance. The DOST promised GIA and institutional support through training and other technical assistance in the utilization of the fiber and other indigenous materials in the community. DOLE also expressed support in terms of funding for the acquisition of other equipment and supplies and materials.

The association is composed of 20 members and is led by Ms. Carmelinda Juanzo, Campus Cirector. The association would be registered with the DOLE as a community-based group formed for environmental protection as well as for livelihood generation. The group and its project would initially be housed at the school as the school also plans to make the project a research platform as well as an income generating project for the community.