While the residents of Cotobato are busy removing tons of water hyacinths from Delta Bridge of Rio Grande de Mindanao river, the residents of Las Piñas are making different handicraft products out of water lilies.
They harvesting water lilies (stalks) from Zapote river. Then dry in oven or under sun’s heat. Pass it through a flattening machine. Then it is used for making variety of handicrafts like bags, basket, chair, lampshade, bayong and slippers.
Water lily fiber is as strong as abaca, softer to weave. Their products are popular both local and export.
Clogging of Rio Grande de Mindanao have caused wide spread flood in Cotobato City. De-clogging duty is a joint force of army, DPWH, local government unit and local residents.
More residents using water lilies in create handicraft will mean lesser flood problems. Time will come that we need to culture them to meat local and foreign demands.
photo courtesy of ted center and agricultural research service (us)