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Bayawan City officials on educ'l tour in Luzon

BAYAWAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL. The city government of Bayawan, Negros Oriental, in coordination with the Cotton Development Administration-Visayas Field Operations Office-Negros Sector sponsored a 5-day "Lakbay-Aral" (educational tour) in Luzon from 14-18 October 2002. The 10-men group was led by Bayawan City Vice Mayor Rene Gaudiel. With him were city agriculturist Mr. Luis Sumalpong, city engineer Michael Mananquil, city seed inspector Orlando Catalan, and HVCC coordinator Eduardo Genciagan. Other participants came from cotton growing municipalities of Basay and Guihulngan.

The "Lakbay-Aral" brought the officials of Bayawan and nearby municipalities to the different cotton projects and ginning facilities in Luzon. It enabled the participants to gather first-hand information about the cotton production activities in Luzon as well as ginning, and lint processing.

Officials of CODA´s Cotton Research Center in Batac, Ilocos Norte briefed the participants about their research and development activities while the Luzon Field Operations Center in San Fabian, Pangasinan also briefed the participants on the Center's field operations and oriented them on CODA´s ginning facilities and processes. Besides, they were able to visit also the loom weaving industry in Paoay, Ilocos Norte and interacted with the loom weavers in the locality, the ginning facilities of the Ilocos First Class Corporation in La Union, and Dragon Textile Mills, Inc. (DTMI) complex in Silang, Cavite. Moreover, the group had the chance to go around the Phil. Textile Research Institute (PTRI) complex in Taguig, Metro Manila. At PTRI and DTMI, the tour participants were oriented on the different phases of processing the lint into yarn then to textile the final product.

"The tour was really beneficial since it gave me a wider perspective about the cotton industry," said one of the participants. On the part of the city government, city vice mayor Gaudiel expressed greater interest to establish a ginnery in Bayawan to support the local cotton industry there. Bayawan has the biggest potential area for cotton production in Negros Oriental. (GDTejada with report from Lorna Muralla, VFOC).