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Philippine Tropical Fabrics from Pineapple, Banana and Abaca*

Philippine Tropical Fabrics from Pineapple and 
Banana by Nora Mangalindan, Chief, R&D, PTRI, 
DOST
 

1. In the Philippines, 58,823.38 hectares planted 
to pineapple mainly in Davao, Northern 
Mindanao, and Eastern Visayas. 

    There are 446,370.85 hectares planted to 
banana mainly in Cotabato, Northern Mindanao, 
Bukidnon and Bicol. 

2. Advantages in Use of Pineapple and Banana 
Fibers: 
     Biodegradable and sustainable
     Environment friendly and ecologically sound
     Converts agri farm wastes into added value 
products
     Equal or better performance in fiber and 
fabric properties
     High potential for apparels, home textiles, 
upholsteries, non-woven and industrial fabrics 

3. Republic Act 9242, Use of Philippine Tropical 
Fabrics for Official Uniform of Public Officials 
and Employees, 10 Feb 2004. 
    Estimated number of government employees: 
1,460,047
    At conservative 2 yards/employee/year: 2.8M 
yards demand (captive market)
    Employment generation for the agri sector 
and textile and garment industries 

4. Pre-treatment of fibers from pineapple leaves 
and banana trunks using chemical and 
mechanical processes

6. Banana fiber P80/ kilo while pineapple is 
P250/kilo. 

7. There is an industry gap for the supply of 
treated fibers for the yarn manufacturing 
sector. 

8. The country has 3 big mills. Their capacities 
are too huge. There was a suggestion to focus 
on exotic fibers for the high end market. 
Establish connectivity and convergence in the 
value chain. Not to look at designing only but 
developing the creative industries. Practice 
clustering. Buyers need the right product, with 
the right price at the right time. 

9.  Please see www.map-abcdf.com for the 
complete presentation under Resources, 
Meetings. Thank you.