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Date Posted August 2016.

My warmest greetings to all stakeholders of the Philippine fiber industry.

We, at the PhilFIDA, aim to achieve a socially relevant, innovative Philippine fiber industry capable of increasing farmers’ income and meeting global demands for renewable, sustainable and environment-friendly resources.

We pursue an industry that promotes the welfare of the farmers, protects the environment and nurtures it to support the inclusive growth of the Philippine economy. This initiative includes a range of programs and recommended policies in the areas of food and non-food agriculture pursuing investments and sustainable projects in line with the social and environmental policies that improve the quality of life in the communities all over the countryside.

As the lead agency for the development of fiber industry, we aim to create awareness on the importance and advantages of using natural fibers in preserving the environment. We pursue to intensify the production, conservation and utilization of abaca and all other useful natural fibers to preserve the well-being of our country and the world for the coming generations. We will introduce innovative and revolutionary approaches in solving the major pests and diseases and embark on the massive planting of fiber crops using a new technology. We will partner with farmers’ associations/ cooperatives, NGOs, academes, private sector, donor organizations and other stakeholders in the fiber industry to encourage their full participation in the upscaling of the fiber industry.

With your continued commitment and support to all our endeavors, we are hopeful that the Philippine fiber industry will continue to fly high. We will inspire every Filipino to do his share in building a flourishing industry for all the natural fibers in our country, in sustaining the no. 1 position of the Philippine abaca in the world market and play significant role in the global market.

VICTOR B. PRODIGO
   Executive Director