Beginning this May, the Philippine Footwear Federation, Inc. (PFFI) will conduct free training seminars on shoe-making for Marikina residents, in a bid to perpetuate the centuries-old shoe-making legacy in the city.
Two courses will be conducted – one on shoe sewing (pananahi) and the other on shoe-upper making (pag-aareglo).
Training venue will be the PFFI office on Russet Street, SSS Village, Concepcion, Marikina City.
Priority in training slots will be given to the youth in order to encourage them to engage in the craft for which the city is well known.
“Many people who are into the shoe industry are already old. We need the youth to continue the shoemaking tradition in Marikina,” the PFFI said in a statement.
The two courses to be conducted are the ones most in demand. These will be accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
To qualify, seminar participants should be 18 to 30 years old and residing in Marikina.
Those interested may register at the PFFI office or call Ms. Katherine Dichoso at Tel. 942 4228,