“We weave our Romblon mats and bags at dawn or when it is raining, We cannot weave when it is hot because the “Romblon” material that we use will break”, laments Mansueta Patrias, 55, when asked how climate change affected her bag and romblon- mat making alternative livelihood.
Mansueta added that unlike before, she can still weave bags or mats until 10:00 o’clock in the morning and continue weaving again at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. But now, weaving should start earlier that there are even times when she wakes up at 3:00 o’clock in the morning especially if she gets orders for her products. “Waking up at dawn simply means weaving more bags or mats” quips Mansueta.
As a member of the Nagkahiusang Kristohanong Mag-uuma sa Maputi (NAKRISMA), a people’s organization at Barangay Maputi, San Isidro, Davao Oriental, Mansueta along with the other men and women members of the organization are the living witnesses of how climate change have affected their community livelihood. Moreover, they come to realize that they ought to protect their forests and plant more trees to mitigate the effect of climate change on their water resources, agro-forestry farms and the production of the Romblon materials for bag and mat weaving.