Operations and Key Competencies of Micro-Scale Sewing Enterprises in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet

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Susan D. Ansibey


Competency level is a major concern for micro-scale garments and apparel sewing enterprises because it paves the roadmap to a successful garments industry. This research focused on determining selected competencies of owners and sewers, including operational, technical, and entrepreneurial skills. It also determined the problems encountered in the sewing enterprise and the market demand. Simple random sampling and structured questionnaires were used in the study. Respondents included 130 owners and 130 sewer-laborers of micro-scale sewing enterprises in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet. The study found that: micro-scale sewing enterprises in the study areas are operating profitably and sustainably; enterprise owners and sewers overall have a high level of technical skills; sewers were very highly skilled in carrying out measurements and calculation, setting-up and operating machines, drafting the cutting pattern and preparing and cutting materials for casual apparel, and also knowledge of human body shape; owners have high competency level in entrepreneurial skills, particularly communication and negotiation; and sewers have very high competency level in quality performance and negotiation, but very low in information management and risk-taking. The problems considered very serious are the lack of skilled workers, long hours of work, and health issues.

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