WEB AND WEAVE: Whats Inside? (Part VI)

Based from the data gathered by the researchers, the following are drawn:

Along socio-economic profile of the respondents

Among the 62 respondents, 27 or 43.54 percent are within the age bracket of 15-24; 58 or 93.5 percent are male; 32 or 51.6 percent are married; 23 or 37.1 are high school graduates, it is also noted that two graduated in college; 32 or 51.62 percent have 6-10 years experience in the industry; 41 or 66.12 percent claimed stone mining as their main source of income followed by carving; 51 or 82.25 percent claimed they are engaged in farming and fishing industry as a source of their other income; 31 0r 50 percent claimed their income per week is ranging from PhP 600-1000;  24 or 38.70 percent has a family members of 3-5 followed by a family members of 6-8; 58 or 93.5 percent of the respondents never attended training (relative to stone mining and carving); 56 or 90.3 never attended trade-fair of their products; 44 or 70.42 percent claimed they could bring down 1-2 cubic meters per week.


Difficulties on Tools and Equipment, Transportation Facilities, Health and Safety, Associations/Cooperatives


On Tools and Equipment. The respondents “strongly agreed” with a mean of 5.42 a reason that their product is not much appreciated; followed by their claim that they buy their own tools, and they are using the manual tools for shaping of the designs respectively; they also “agreed” and claimed that there is lack of modern powerful tools and equipments for the mining and carving operation of the industry.

On Transportation Facilities. The respondents “agreed” that they encountered poor rugged road, hardly accessible and slanting slope going to the site; apart they are also renting cart and carabao or cow in transporting the stone products with a mean of 3.9 and 3.91 respectively.

On Health and Safety. The respondents  “strongly agreed” to item one stating that “they provide their own medicines for first aid”; a mean of 3.49 or leveled to “agree” to  item two stating that “they oftentimes experienced cuts and other injuries”.

On Associations/Cooperatives. The respondents “agreed” to item one stating that “the association/cooperative is not functional; however, a mean of 2.19 or leveled “disagree” to item two stating that “the funds of the association/cooperatives are not allocated properly”.


Inventory Level on  Tools and Equipments and Needs for Technology Transfer


Tools and equipment.  The respondents leveled “available but not enough” to the following: “Crow bar, Stone blower, Electric Drill, Electric Sander, Electric Saw (Stone Cutter), Electric Generator, Hydraulic Hammer” are with a computed mean of 1.83, 1.84, 1.23, 1.07, 1.01, 1.03, and 1.16 respectively; “Flat bar spring, Shovel, Mallet, Anvil, Tent, Round Spring are with a computed mean of 2.55, 2.50, 2.46, 2.48, 2.32, 2.00,   leveled “enough and available”.

Needs for Technology Transfer. Skills training/seminar-workshop for technology transfer and product design development sponsored by the local or national government” was leveled to “enough and available”; and the item on “Trade fair / Exhibition sponsored by the local or national government held in your municipality relevant to stone craft industry” was with a  computed mean of  1.50  and  1.56  leveled as “not available” respectively.

It implies and manifests their difficulties even if their tools are low cost materials, designed for manual work.

Marketing Needs. The item on “Capital and strategic market location with safe parking space owned by the municipal government” has a computed mean of 4.25 and 4.01 respectively and leveled as “Very Much Needed”.

    The item on “annual municipal or provincial product promo assistance program in the form of a Trade Fair and tourism, TV & Web-site promoting the stone craft industry, Establishment of lending regulated institutions has a computed mean of 3.48, 3.42, 3.94 leveled as “Slightly Needed”.

   

The Prospects in Marketing Flow (along buying, displaying, selling).


The entrepreneurs aimed the following: maintaining good carvers and eventually stone miners so they could have better quality and quantity of products. They claimed it would be beneficial to the workers because they would be covered with more benefits as contract employees and invest special training to their people.

There should be a better and safer place for the finished products. Linkage with the tourism industry shall be studied to capitalize the nature’s beauty of the place, sea products and promoting the stone mining and carving industry at once. More products and designs be displayed and it should be available anytime.

There should be massive production and more designs for prospective dealers via a consignment program. However, for new designs and new sizes orders may also be received or attended.


The Prospects in Physical Flow (along transporting, warehousing, designs).


Along transportation, the entrepreneurs aimed for better services and conveniences of the clienteles by providing transportation (hauling) during delivery of products. In warehousing, it would be placed to a safer place not along the shoulder of the highway only for free hazard.

No prospective designs given by the respondent-entrepreneurs at the time the interview is conducted.


The Relationships of the Socio-economic Profile and the Level of Socio-economic Difficulties (along Tools and Equipments, Transportation and Facilities Used, Health and Safety, and Associations/Cooperatives).


There is a significant relationship of the age of the respondents to the level of socio-economic difficulties. The rest of the selected profile along sex, civil status, educational attainment, number of years as miners, source of income, income per week, number of family members, number of trainings attended, number of trade-fairs attended, number of cubic meters per week of the respondents shows no significant relationships.


The Relationships of the Socio-economic Profile and the Inventory Level (along Needs for Tools and Equipments, Needs for Technology Transfer and Development, and Marketing Needs).

There is a significant relationship of age with rxy  -.331, similar significance is pointed to source of income with a computed rxy   of .376 when correlated with the Inventory Level. The rest of the selected profile of the respondents show no significant relationships with the inventory level.