The science and technology interventions for the indigenous community of Aetas in Brgy. Banoyo, San Luis, Batangas continues!

Women members of the Aeta community were trained on basic course on sewing as a kick-off activity for their Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded solar-powered sewing services enterprise, January 31 - February 1, 2021.

The course covered the topics on sewing technology, parts of the sewing machine, steps on setting-up the machine, mensuration and calculation, taking body measurements, drafting and cutting of patterns, and the sewing process.  Measuring, cutting, and marking tools were individually discussed and explained to familiarize the women members on its uses. A lecture was conducted prior to demonstration and hands-on activities. Outputs from the sewing activities were rags, draft patterns, and blouses.

Mr. John Mark H. Alberto and Ms. Julianna V. De Jesus, both from the Enrique Zobel Technical Center (ENZOTech) in Calatagan, Batangas, facilitated the course. According to Mr. Alberto, the women members were fast learners and had demonstrated a strong interest in learning each process. “Sa totoo lamang po, nilampasan n’yo po ang aking expectations. Mabilis po kayong matuto at madali n’yo pong nakukuha ang mga itinuturo naming. Nawa po ay maipagpatuloy ninyo ang aming mga naituro,” he added.

Trained women members also expressed their appreciation on the series of interventions they have been receiving from DOST under the DOST CALABARZON’s Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology Project entitled “Project Aetaguyod: Establishment of an S&T Based Community Livelihood for Aetas in San Luis, Batangas”. They also stressed their commitment to making their enterprise sustainable. As they gear towards realizing the objectives of their community enterprise, they promised to continue working to master the sewing process and use of equipment. "Magpapractice po kami nang magpapractice para po matuto kami.  Pagbalik nyo po ay maalam na kami," Ms. Arlene Dela Luna, one of the women members, said.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Unit of San Luis, Enrique Zobel Foundation, Inc., Batangas State University – Lipa Extension Services Office, and Young Entrepreneurs and Seniors (YES) Club Philippines, Inc. also partook the activity. They extended their assistance and provided initial support to the community.

Succeeding activities for the community include training on business and financial management, marketing, and product improvement and development. The organizations mentioned above are also working together to raise funds for the establishment of a production facility for the group.