On April 13, 2015, resolution no. 39 or the resolution for the creation of a Technical Working Group wherein the Department of Trade and Industry is one of the members was enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Batanes. The TWG is tasked to draft incentives and assistance code for the Indigenous Ivatan Producers.
DTI Batanes provincial caretaker Ms. Marietta Salviejo said that, the resolution authored by Board Member Efren C. Lizardo was enacted to resolve the Province’s inability to cater to the needs of tourists with regard to unavailability of souvenir products, one of the issues raised during the Tourism Value Chain Seminar Workshop conducted by DTI in 2013.
The creation of TWG will accelerate the tourism and the economic growth of the province. It will be achieved through the formulation of a research study that will focus on the preservation, promotion, support and development of Ivatan products
Members of the TWG include the Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for Committee on Trade and Industry, Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for Committee on Education, Provincial Government of Batanes Tourism Officer, Batanes representatives of Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA).
The Resolution No. 39 also includes the allocation of P100, 000.00 to provide for the incentives and assistance to Ivatan producers funded by the provincial government of Batanes.