It all started with a vision that every woman in Bagac will have an income to augment her family income.
The realization of this vision started when the owner of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar trained a group of women, mostly mothers and out of school youths on wood carving for its project Hotel de Oriente at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. However, when the project was completed in 2015, that also meant losing their jobs, but the Municipal Government of Bagac came to the rescue. Former Bagac Mayor Ramil Del Rosario provided them with starting equipment so as to continue what they have started.
Hence, this group of pure blooded Bataeñas some of whom are single moms, came to be known as the wood mosaic carvers of Bagac, and turned it into a business.
Mrs. Angelina Reyes, owner of Argaz Wood Mosaic Making, proudly shared that all of their materials are from old houses and they never cut trees for their craft. To date, they have made wood mosaic portraits of well-known personalities such as Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Cynthia Villar, Vice President Leni Robredo as well as Governor Albert Garcia.
Argaz is not only helping its members financially; they share their skills and knowledge by conducting trainings to other women in cooperation with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which has benefited a total of 70 women.
Argaz Wood Mosaic Making has already joined trade fairs and exhibits outside Bataan through the support of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office (PCEDO) and the Provincial Government of Bataan. There are two things that Argaz Wood Mosaic Making lives for: to empower women in Bagac and to make their wood handicrafts known globally.