Cebu Technological University Extension Office was true to its promise in having community partners from Barangay Bonbon learn the craft of mat weaving to help residents struck by war in Marawi.
Little by little, mat weavers across CTU campuses and extension communities are going to come up with a number of them to be sent to the evacuees in Iligan.
Partnering with CTU’s extension campus in Bonbon for quite some time, Kalipunan sa Liping Pilipina Organization President Flor Maternal felt that the drive to act upon the request of the university is as necessary as fulfilling her passion toward Barangay Bonbon where she has been a volunteer worker.
She leads women who are often facing multiple challenges in their lives. When asked about how she maintains such a strong commitment to volunteering in her community, she simply responds by saying, “Ma-u ni gustu sa aku’ng bana nga buhatun naku. Beneficial kaayu para sa community kani nga activity kay aside nga makatabang sa mga taga-Marawi, makat-un sad ka sa skill unya maka-income sad ka.”
The mats are not typical for they are made of recycled sticker backing from the International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI). The material was personally requested by University Director for Extension Service Jorelyn Concepcion.
It can be seen as another venture for livelihood to sustain their needs in one of Cebu’s mountain barangays.
CTU Main and CTU Bonbon representatives also weaved mats on June 30 for Marawi victims. KML/UPO