Non-Timber Forest Product-Exchange Programme
Philippines (NTFP-EP Philippines)
The Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme Philippines is the lead non-government organization (NGO) in the Philippines that spearheads efforts to empower forest-dependent communities through non-timber forest products (NTFP). The clients that NTFP-EP Philippines mainly serves are the indigenous peoples (IPs), whose lifelong ability to sustainably manage and use forest resources are threatened by pressures from mainstream society and by policies that have failed to take into account the IPs’ culture and needs.
KLOWIL KEM LIBON
Klowil Kem Libon was organized and registered with SEC in 2005. Meaning “Life of Women”, the organization supports the economic sustenance and promotion of T’boli culture in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. With the assistance of Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Philippines under their enterprise development program, Klowil was able to enhance the production, marketing and product development of traditional T’boli crafts such as the weaving of T’nalak, Malong and brass casting. Klowil, through the livelihood opportunities it provides to its members, creates a great impact to the lives of women artisans and their families.
Lugo Amganad Banaue Tie Dye Indigenous Women’s Association
LABTDWA was organized to revive the old Ikat weaving tradition and tie-dye techniques using natural dyes. Composed of expert Ikat weavers, the associations’ products have a cultural value that is easy to recognize owing to the distinctive Ifugao Ikat designs. In addition to product standardization, marketing assistance and promotion of the Ifugao Ikat, the Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Philippines also introduced additional natural dye sources from tree barks, mud, bushes and shrubs.
LINDUNGAWAN SHOWROOM & CAFE
Lindungawan was founded in 2010 and is designed to support the cottage industries and grassroots economy by utilizing the local skills, labor and locally-available materials of the Higaonon communities and forest-dependent peoples of Bukidnon. It also supports ongoing projects in line with the education, environmental and capacity-building mission of Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Philippines. Lindungawan, a local word that means “window”, showcases to the world the best food, textile and handicraft products in the ancestral domains of Bukidnon. Most notable of these is the Hinabol cloth. Made using abaca threads, it was traditionally used as a peace offering during inter-tribal wars or a valued gift during weddings.