The Baraclayan community in Miagao celebrated a significant milestone with the inauguration and blessing of their newly renovated Baraclayan Weaving Center. The project, funded by the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and implemented by the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U), marks a new chapter for the local weaving industry.

The old weaving center, dilapidated and lacking basic facilities like comfort rooms, has been transformed into a two-story facility equipped with amenities tailored to the needs of the weaving community. The renovated center boasts a spacious area for weavers, an office for the community, display areas to showcase their creations, and much-needed comfort rooms.

The inauguration ceremony commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a blessing officiated by the parish priest of Miagao, Fr. Carlo Noquez. Gracing the event were distinguished guests, including Hon. Mayor Richard Garin Jr. of Miagao, ISAT U President Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr., DOST 6 Regional Director Engr. Rowen Gelonga, Baraclayan Punong Barangay Hon. Marlou Niones, ISAT U officials, LGU officials, and media partners.

“This renovated weaving center is a testament to our commitment to empowering local communities and preserving our rich cultural heritage,” said Mayor Garin during the program. “We are grateful to DOST and ISAT U for their support in making this dream a reality.” Garin also hopes that this weaving center will set an example to other weaving communities.

President Salistre expressed his pride in ISAT U’s role in the project, stating, “Our university is dedicated to uplifting communities through science and technology. This center will not only provide a conducive environment for weavers but will also serve as a beacon for cultural tourism in the region.”

The Baraclayan Weaving Center is expected to significantly contribute to the community of weavers by providing a conducive workspace and opportunities for skills development. It is also envisioned to become a magnet destination for tourists, showcasing the region’s rich weaving traditions and promoting sustainable livelihoods for the local populace.

Regional Director Gelonga emphasized DOST’s commitment to empowering communities through science and technology interventions. “This project exemplifies how collaborative efforts can transform lives and preserve cultural legacies,” he said.

As the ceremony concluded, the Baraclayan weavers expressed their gratitude and excitement for the opportunities that the renovated center will bring. With renewed hope and a state-of-the-art facility, they look forward to weaving their dreams into reality, one thread at a time.