Livelihood Sustenance and Cultural Preservation are the key areas of the transformational advocacy of Miss Universe Philippines 2023 candidate #KlyzaCastro.
Posted @withregram • @klyzacastro I am honored to have connected the Sangab Mandaya tribe with the Department of Labor and Employment’s Livelihood Assistance Program here in Davao Oriental. 🌾
Abaca farming is the number one source of income of the Mandaya tribe. The harvest period takes almost two years, and they extract the abaca fiber by hand. The abaca fiber is then sold to make fishing lines, rope, clothing, and furniture.
In our recent visit to the Mandaya tribe, the chieftain and her members, DOLE officers and I discussed the machinery and equipment needed to accelerate abaca production.
Abaca is also the main material used to make dagmay – a sacred, handwoven textile by the Mandaya that tells their history and folklore. We also donated beads and thread for their dagmay weaving as well as sacks of rice.
Sustenance of livelihood also means preservation of culture, and this is the core of my advocacy. 💚