Out of Sabutan come forth, viola, a money!; money to buy food on humble dinner table of poor Palanan Isabelian people wherein one could earns a decent monthly income ranging from Php. 1,500 to Php. 3,000 pesos from crafting a handicrafts out of sabutan plant. The handicrafts that could make out of it are hats, mats, bags, basket, placemats, and other handicrafts that can be made out of sabutan fiber.
The Sabutan bush back then before it was discovered(in Palanan to have a crafting ability), was considered a mere weed or grass growing profusely on the coastal lines of Palanan (Palanan is a coastal town in Isabela Philippines),though Aurora Philippines have it also in abundance. It is a rare plant which you could not find everywhere, which can be seen in great number in Palanan and in Aurora or in other parts of the Philippines. The fiber that are extracted from the leaves of the sabutan plant are said to be stronger, firmer and smooth in texture compare to other raw materials used for weaving a handicraft, thus making the handicrafts made from its fibers are high in quality in terms of longevity and durability. Thus, also foreigners or foreign tourists who loves to visit Isabela Philippines prefers to buy a handicrafts made of Sabutan fibers or loves to buy Sabutan items as souvenirs in their tourist adventure in Isabela Philippines, which consequently gives the poor people of Palanan Isabel an income for their survival.
Sabutan plant is a family of Pandan plant scientifically called Pandanus Sabutan or some in other parts of the Philippines, it is simply called Pandan. Aside from its strong fiber, Pandan or Sabutan as it was called in Palanan Isabela have also medicinal value, like healing leprosy, diuretic, anti-diabetic, and more.
Actually, in the Philippines, Sabutan or Pandan is use as natural remedy for coughs, headaches and pain cause by arthritis.
I have this little information about the prices of certain sabutan items: a.) a Sabutan Mat item cost Php.700 pesos, b.) a Sabutan Bag, especially a multi-colored one sells for Php.200 pesos, and a c.) Sabutan Hats could cost from Php, 60 pesos to Php.100 pesos per item.
If you would like to pay visit Palanan Isabela,and behold personally this rare plant or the Sabutan plant, as well as the handicrafts made out of its fibers, you can ride a boast from Dilasay Aurora Philippines or ride a plane from Cauayan city.