By: Sharmainne Rhey B. Caoili
Technology Transfer, Information and Promotions Staff


The month of January truly gives renewed hope and positivity to everyone. This is the very hope of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as it kicks off the year with the annual celebration of the Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) Month. Quite appropriately, January also marks the founding anniversary of the Philippine Textile Research Institute and this year, the Institute celebrates 55 years since its foundation.

This year’s celebration carries the theme, Reexamining PTF Towards Creativity, Sustainability, and Inclusivity of the Philippine Textile Industry. The DOST- Philippine Textile Research Institute is tasked under Proclamation No. 313 s. 2012, to promote the judicious use of indigenous textiles in the country with the use of abaca, banana, pineapple leaves, and Philippine silk, to sustain increased interest, and active participation in our local tropical fabric developments.

A decade into its implementation, PTF development and promotions continue to show manifold potentials and opportunities especially for farmers and processors of natural textile fibers from pineapple, banana, abaca, and Philippine silk; for textile millers, handloom weavers, and uniform producers. Although the proclamation was made to fully support the PTF Law, the goal of producing PTF does not end with the dressing up of all local civil servants in uniforms made of PTF alone. For DOST-PTRI, the goal is to mainstream the use of PTF by all Filipinos for all textile applications with fabric that is 100% sourced, made, and finished in the country. As the lead agency for the observance of PTF Month, the DOST-PTRI enjoins everyone to participate in its month-long PTF-related activities.


Eight (8) TELA Sessions, with details above, were held from January 11 to January 21, to lead up to the 2022 TELA Conference which will be held on January 27, 2022. The Conference theme is “Weaving a Creative, Sustainable, and Inclusive Future of Philippine Textiles, Today”.


In addition to these sessions, the 3rd Philippine Silk Summit will be undertaken on January 25, 2022. This will be a virtual convergence among industry stakeholders to showcase the accomplishments of the Philippine Silk Road Program through Science & Technology. The Summit will include the virtual launch of the first multi-end silk processing facility Mindanao, the unveiling of the SEDA Pilipinas brand, its materials and products, and the holding of Silk Stakeholders’ forum.

The 3rd Philippine Silk Summit and 2022 TELA Conference will be held online via Zoom and live-streamed on DOST-PTRI Facebook Page at Registration link:

Below are the details of the upcoming events.

2022 TELA Conference: Weaving a Creative, Sustainable, and Inclusive Future of Philippine Textiles, Today
27 January 2022 (Thu), 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PH Time
This Conference will serve as the culminating event to present and highlight the key takeaways and insights from all the TELA Sessions conducted for the whole month of January. It will bring forward the deep and well-routed ties that textiles have in our society, culture, and consciousness.
Senator Nancy Binay, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peňa and Deputy Speaker Loren B. Legarda will grace the event with their presence.

TELA Exhibition 2022
TELA Gallery, PTRI Bldg., Gen. Santos Ave., DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City
 Opening on 27 January 2022 (Thu)
As part of the TELA Conference, a physical exhibition featuring the latest output borne of Textile Research and Development of DOST-PTRI on yarns and fabrics. It will serve to showcase the various wearables and textile products through the themed collection for corporate, casual, home leisure, and gala wear.
Bb. Pilipinas Hannah Arnolds will grace the Opening of Exhibits as Advocate of Philippine Textiles.

TELA Talks: Making Future of Philippine Natural Textiles, Today, through the DOST-PTRI Inclusive Innovation or I2TELA Program
28 January 2022 (Fri), 8:00 AM - 12:00 NN PH Time
By invitation
This activity will convene the Regional Directors from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Agriculture/Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA), for in-depth discussions on the opportunities of establishing the Regional Yarn Production Innovation Centers (RYPIC) along with the complementary Natural Textile Fiber and Bamboo Fiber Innovation Hubs (NT/BTFIH) within each region towards the enabling of a local textile value chain.

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