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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

Arts and crafts comprises all activities and hobbies that are related to making things with one's own hands with skill. This can be sub-divided into handicrafts or "traditional crafts" which have been practiced for centuries, and  other newer crafts which are modern inventions or popularisations of crafts originally practiced in a very small geographic area.

 

The local craft industries are among the major sources of livelihood and employment for hundreds of workers in the region.  The region’s arts and craft products have the potential to become the country’s best because of their unique designs and quality materials.

 

As of the moment, Caraga has a total of 57 arts and crafts producers employing more than 1,000 workers.

 

New business opportunities were presented to these producers when the Regional Development Council mounted the “Caraga Goes to Manila (CGTM)” activity in 1999 and 2000.  The highlight of the activity was the Hinang Caraga (Made in Caraga) Trade Fair, which generated remarkable sales of P12 M in 1999 and P7M in 2000.  Since then, products from the region have been exposed to national and international markets through trade fairs and exhibits.

 

In 2003, Caraga’s products were put in the international limelight when the region was chosen for the Manila FAME International – Partner Region Program, April and October edition at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.  In the April 24-27 edition, fifteen (15) firms participated in the activity with total sales of P6.527 million. The October 23-26 edition was attended by 17 firms and generated sales of P7.5 million.

 

The cluster thinks about producing globally competitive products while utilizing locally available raw materials to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the Caragans.  To achieve this, the cluster seeks to satisfy its buyers and unify its members.  They want to work together because of the stiff competition both in the domestic and global markets

 

Supporting its vision and mission are the following goals of the cluster:

 

    Implement sustainable product development and branding program

 

    Regular market development programs

 

    Establish raw material center

 

    Skills enhancement for craft workers

 

    Establish mobilization funds which will be used to finance trade fairs, raw material procurement, and for re-lending to arts and crafts producers

 

 

 

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The booth exhibit of the Arts and Crafts Industry Cluster during the launching of Caraga's Industry Clusters last May 16, 2005 at Almont's Inland Resort. 

Arts and Crafts Industry Cluster Leadership Group:
 
  1.  Margarita Abaquita
       Cluster Chairperson/
       Proprietor, Marge's Handicraft
       Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte
 
  2.  Amelita Cagorol
       Proprietor, Adolph Coco Beads
 
  3.  Winston Guillen
       President, UFMA
 
Lead Agency: Department of Trade & Industry - Caraga
 
Member Agencies/Offices:
 
  DOT-Caraga
  DENR-Caraga
  DOLE-Caraga
  RTWPB-Caraga
  TESDA-Caraga
  Butuan Chamber
  Butuan LGU
  Agusan del Norte LGU
  Agusan del Sur LGU
  Surigao del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Sur LGU
  DENR-Caraga 

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If you want a copy of the Arts and Crafts Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any of the following offices:
 
      Carmencita S. Cochingco
      Regional Director
      National Eco. Development Authority- 
      Caraga Regional Office
      Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales St.,
      Butuan City
      Email: neda13@bayandsl.com
 
      Brielgo O. Pagaran
      Regional Director
      Department of Trade & Industry - 
      Caraga Regional Office
      764 Silaga Building, Capitol Avenue,
      Butuan City
      Email: dti13@hotmail.com,
                caragaclusters@yahoo.com
 

For more information and investment assistance related to Arts and Crafts, please call the following offices:
 
DTI-Caraga - (085) 342-5615
 
NEDA-Caraga - (085) 342-5774