Manila, Sept. 7 -- A lawmaker in Samar province is pushing for the passage of the law developing the mat weaving industry and recognizes the town in Samar as the country's "banig" (woven mat) capital.

In a statement on Monday, Samar 2nd district Rep. Sharee Ann Tan said the House Committee on Agriculture has already approved House Bill 6566 last week at the committee level.

The legislative measure titled "An Act Developing the Tikog Industry, Creating for the Purpose the Banig Subsidy Fund and the Tikog Research and Development Center, and Declaring the Municipality of Basey in the Province of Samar as the Banig Capital of the Philippines."

The bill aims to protect, develop, and support the "tikog" industry through the creation of a Bani...