IDSS Chief, Erwin Rodriguez (in black) explaining to the active participants of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, the proper way of making the corn husk doll’s head.


Eye-catching colourful flowers and glamorous dolls were crafted out of corn husk in the municipalities of Tigbao and Mahayag, respectively.
Each municipality was participated in by Women Empowerment Movement-Rural Improvement Club (WEMRIC), 4H Club members and from academe.
The Corn banner program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Institutional Development Support Services (IDSS) initiated a Hands-on Training for Corn By-products to ensure that corn producing municipality will be able to recycle their corn husk, considered as waste during harvest time. This too is in support to achieving zero waste.

Training facilitator IDSS Chief, Erwin Rodriguez explained that he will be teaching one craft per municipality only. “We want every municipality to have their own masterpiece. So if there are orders in bulk, we know where to go,” he said.
Tigbao Mayor Danilo E. Dalid conveyed his full support to enhance what his people had learned and said, “I will find a way to look for a market for your products soon.” He urged them that even generating a small income for starters, they will continue to develop their craft.
Ms. Prelyn A. Durano from Upper Nilo, Tigbao never failed in her expectation to learn so much in the training. “This is very useful. I never thought that the corn husk that we used to burn or left decaying in the field can still be used as a source of income. Now, I will make this as my business,” she said.
Meanwhile, in the municipality of Mahayag where dolls were crafted, Mayor Lorna Espina was amazed with her people’s work. She inspired them saying “do your best and make it glamorous because we will display your work in our booth during the Araw ng Zamboanga del Sur.”
Teresita Quejada, a participant, was jubilant to have made one beautiful doll. “I enjoyed the training. At my age, this is the livelihood for me,” she said.
The said municipalities purposely scheduled the training before the opening of the Araw ng Zamboanga del Sur to be able to showcase their locally made unique handicrafts in their corresponding booths.

Facilitator/IDSS Chief, Erwin Rodriguez (in blue) showing the right way of wrapping the stem of the corn husk flower with floral tape to the 3rd group of the passionate participants in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.


The training in Tigbao and Mahayag was conducted on September 6-7 and 8-9, respectively.
The same training for other municipalities regionwide is scheduled in the succeeding months. (MDaguro/DA9)

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