Guagua mayor to create council for woodcarvers

GUAGUA Mayor Dante Torres said Saturday that he will be putting up a woodcraft council that will look into the marketing of woodcraft products and the further development of the woodcarving industry in the town.

Woodcarving is a major industry for Guagua's Betis District, which is composed of at least seven villages engaged in cottage industries of furniture making and religious craft woodcarving.

Torres said that under the said council, woodcarvers would be given training skills to diversify carving skills and possibly venture into not just wood carving but also ice carving, food carving and novelty craft making.

The council, he said, will be composed of experts in the woodcraft industry, expert marketers and other people who could help promote and market the industry and come up with a long term development program.

Torres added that they will be implementing the "Big Brother" system in which bigger players in the woodcraft industry would help smaller players to develop their craft. The municipal government, he said, is coordinating with two woodcraft organizations in Betis for the said project.

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