1 M WORTH OF ABACA STRIPPING EQUIPMENT FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CAPIZ
Living off the land. This is how the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Tapaz, Capiz survive from day to day.
Four to five days a week, the men, armed with bolos and with the sweat from their brow, toil from morning till evening to produce abaca fiber. Their produce is then delivered to Aklan and sold at only Php 45.00 per kilo.
“We strip the fiber by hand, using a stripping knife and pieces of wood. It requires much effort to do this and we usually work from sun up to sun down,” said Danilo Cades, president of the Mt. Angas Abaca Planters Association (MAAPA).