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Digital Transformation in the Philippine Textile Sector

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The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is set to unveil three groundbreaking programmes aimed at fortifying and advancing the textile industry. DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. announced these initiatives at a textile convention, outlining the PTRI’s commitment to innovation through an inclusive research and development investment plan.

The Creative, Equitable and Accelerated Textile Technology Engagement and Entrepreneurship Ventures (CrEATTEEVs) Programme stands out as a key initiative, actively involving marginalised sectors and communities as advocates for empowerment. This programme positions them as co-creators and partners of the DOST, leveraging textile technologies for socio-economic development.

Additionally, the PTRI will launch the Fostering the Revitalisation of Nascent Textile Innovation Ecosystems in the Region (FRONTIER) programme. This initiative is geared towards initiating regional developments specifically for tropical fabrics.

It will concentrate on fostering textile innovation ecosystems, leveraging the DOST’s Natural and Bamboo Textile Fiber Innovation Hubs (BTFIH), Regional Handloom Weaving Innovation Centers, Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Centers, Natural Dyes Hubs, and Silk Innovation Centers.

The DOST, since 2023, has established four BTFIHs in collaboration with local communities, private industries, government sectors, and academia. These hubs serve as focal points for fostering innovation and research in textile fibres.

Furthermore, the Textile Academy, a comprehensive repository of training and educational materials related to textiles and technology transfer efforts, will be launched. This academy consolidates the collective knowledge and expertise of various industry stakeholders, aiming to facilitate a more cohesive and resilient textile industry.

Secretary Solidum emphasised that these initiatives go beyond mere research, representing robust efforts to enhance collaboration among stakeholders and contribute to the textile industry’s robust and resilient growth. The PTRI’s multifaceted approach underscores its commitment to driving innovation, inclusivity, and digital empowerment in the Philippine textile sector.

Through its innovative programmes and initiatives, DOST is driving digital transformation in the Philippine textile sector, marking a transformative shift towards technological advancement and sustainability.

The annual observance of Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) Month, orchestrated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), particularly the Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI), reinforces the nation’s dedication to promoting, utilising, and sustaining natural fibres within the country, fostering a commitment to local industries and livelihood opportunities.

This year’s theme, “Spinning Innovations,” underscores a strategic commitment to integrating incremental advancements into impactful solutions through science, technology, and innovation. In coherence with Republic Act 9242, the initiatives encourage the incorporation of PTF into the uniforms of public officials, demonstrating a concerted effort to drive local utilisation.

The emphasis on science, technology, and innovation intervenes across textile supply and value chains, rallying stakeholders and instilling urgency for a revitalised textile industry. “Spinning Innovations” builds upon the momentum of the previous year’s theme, “Pushing Boundaries,” aiming to reshape the textile industry sustainably.

This approach not only reinvigorates local industries but also ensures sustainability, fostering economic growth while preserving the country’s natural resources. By fostering collaboration and dialogue, this celebration lays the groundwork for a future where innovation results in a resilient and globally competitive textile sector.

The 2024 PTF Month encompasses various activities such as programme and facility launches, engaging dialogues, exhibitions, and textile conventions. These events offer a comprehensive insight into advancements, innovation, and collaboration within the textile industry, aligning with the broader initiatives led by the Philippine Textile Research Institute and linking to the efforts fostering digital empowerment and innovation in the Philippines.


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