The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), started as a joint project of the government and the private sectors to promote the development of the textile industry in the country.

  • June 18, 1964 - The Congress passed R.A. 4086 "An act to promote the textile industry of the Philippines by exempting, under certain conditions, importation of needed materials, chemicals, dyestuffs and spare parts and the subsequent manufacture and sale of products derived therefrom, from duties and taxes, by creating a special fund for vital research and for other purposes". The law created a special textile research fund, which was derived from one percent of the gross sales of textile manufactures that registered for tax exemptions from 1964-1970.

  • July 19, 1966 - The National Science and Development Board (NSDB) approved the formulation of a textile research program with functions, powers and duties in accordance with the objectives of R.A. 4086.

  • January 3, 1967 - The NSDB formally established the PTRI as the agency to undertake the textile research program

  • 197 4 - The PTRI became one of NSDB's eight regular agencies by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1 "Implementing the integrated reorganization plan of the executive branch of the Philippine government". Policies were formulated by an advisory committee composed of Textile Manufacturers of the Philippines (TMAP), Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) and NSDB

  • June 26, 1981 - The PTRI was transferred from NSDB to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) by virtue of Executive Order No. 700.

  • January 30, 1987 - By virtue of Executive Order No. 128 the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA), then NSDB was reorganized and provided among others, the return of PTRI from MTI to the NSTA now the Department of Science and Technology.


The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) is the premier textile research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  It is mandated by Executive Order No. 128 dated January 30, 1987 to perform the following functions:

  • Conduct applied research and development for the textile industry sector;

  • Undertake the transfer of completed researches to end-users or via linkage units of other government agencies; and

  • Undertake technical services and provide training programs

PTRI Profile

The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) is the premier textile research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

PTRI's R&D achievements through the years have contributed much to the textile and other allied industries it is mandated to assist.

As the industry evolved into what it is today, PTRI has adapted an integrative development approach to further stir the industry by:

  • Weaving together the critical roadmaps as well all stakeholders necessary for sustainable development;
  • Acting as catalyst to spur growth in the industry through the planned development of growth centers and state-of-the-art service facilities for the textile and garments industries;
  • Continuing its research and development initiatives in emerging and advanced technologies to produce competitive products; and
  • Linking the resultant world-class Filipino products to the world economies.