Handicrafts that usually serve as souvenirs in many travels, as well as decorations in the house or personal adornment largely are base from agriculture or from forest products. This things now a days are also affected by the changing climates, many of which are having difficulties in gathering raw materials due to some development, that results to low productions to which many communities in the country are depending on it.
These are the issues raise during the one day forum on Resilience-building & Fair trade strategies in livelihood development, last July 28 at Discovery suites in Ortigas Center in Pasig City. It is organise by Community Crafts Association of the Philippines (CCAP), a Livelihood base non stock and non profit organization registered in 1973 that aims to assist marginalized craft producers in developing their product to a world class quality. They are also behind the Fair trade for Development, Inc, a business organization that owns Likhang Atin fair.
The forum give time to its established communities in different areas in the country, the problem they are facing in getting materials from the forest, the quality of it that suffers due to climate change. And also some concerns due to development of former forested areas to subdivisions by some real state developers.
Jessica Dator-Bercilla, a climate Fellow from Manila Observatory discusses the effects of changing times, she also give importance on how we can help heal the earth by giving tips and suggestions that can be useful to communities. Primarily she said that aside from handicrafts being affected by this change, it’s the health of individual that usually suffer.
During open forums more issues are being raised, from the awareness up to being resourceful in making lives better.
CCAP Executive Director Voltaire Alferez head the said one day forum, that serve also the launching of Business Development Services Program, where CCAP and other business experts unite in providing assistance to communities.