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Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day
Written by Cherry   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011

President Benigno S. Aquino III had declared January 24, 2011 as Philippine Tropical Fabric Day under Proclamation No. 86 signed last December 21, 2010. The said declaration is the result of the implementation of Republic Act 9242 or the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004.

According to Dr. Carlos Tomboc, director of the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (PTRI-DOST), the lead agency in the observance of the PTF Day, this implementation gave the awareness on the development of Philippine tropical fabrics which came from pineapple, banana, abaca, Philippine silk, and other natural fibers.

PTRI-DOST had continuously generating tropical textile technologies and at present, they are welcoming investors to commercially produce local tropical fabrics. Fashionation 2011 is a fashion show organized by the Department of Trade and Industry's Center for the International Trade Expositions which is scheduled on February 24 at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City.

The tropical fabrics for the Fashionation 2011 will be provided by PTRI.  Department of Agriculture’s Fiber Industry Development Authority and the Civil Service Commission will support the show by showcasing tropical fibers and other locally manufactured fabrics as office uniforms. The attendees of the show are the Government officials, business corporations, and representatives from the textile and garments industries. PTRI-DOST is motivating key players in the textile and garment industries and private entities to invest in their newly developed fiber pretreatment and other textile-related technologies. This will help our country to revive the local textile and garment industries, and create livelihood in the agricultural and industrial sectors. [via senate.gov.ph]


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