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Monday, July 11, 2016

PCW to empower six women’s organizations in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) will be converging with other government agencies and partners to empower six women’s organizations in the Bicol region.

The six Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC) are among the women’s organizations to be assisted by the PCW through its Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project Part 2.

“This women project intends to contribute to job generation and inclusive growth by assisting and empowering women,”   PCW project manager Luzviminda Villanueva said.

Villanueva added that Bicol is among the four regions of the country which will engage the rural based women’s organization, in particular the RIC, in their medium enterprises.  The other regions are 2, 6 and 12.

She furthered that the project will adopt the convergence approach where various government agencies and partners will be  engaged to assist to women’s organizations through trainings or capacity building  and link them to  markets so they can  develop better products , learn about food safety and good practices  and establish  formal market linkages and agreements.

“Under the GREAT Women project, we are trying to link up the RICs to private business sector partners where the former can be a supplier.  Some of these   business establishments are Biggs’ Inc.,  a Bicol well known food chain, the ECHOStore , Tesoro’s, the National  Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCO), and  the Legend Villas, a well- known  hotel chain,” she said.

The six rural women’s organizations in Bicol chosen for this project are  Calatagan Tibang Rural Improvement Club (RIC)  and  Happy Farmers  Food Products  Inc (HFFPI) in  Catanduanes province, the  Nasipit Rural Improvement Club of Irosin, Sorsogon; Napawon RIC in Goa and Baao Burda Initiatives Inc. in Camarines Sur and  LABO Progressive Multipurpose  Coop (LPMC)  in Camarines  Norte.

The respective presidents of said RICs, who are outstanding and “great” women by their own rights, participated  and shared  their  views during  the  planning workshop  by the PCW  in Naga City.  They are Luzviminda  T. Oropesa of Catanduanes, Adel Magsino of Goa, Bernadette de los Santos of Baao  and Ana Barbuena , Vice president  of  Nasipit RIC who represented its  president Carena V. Arellano.

The six women’s organizations are currently engaged in micro enterprises.

The Calatagan Tibang RIC is into meat processing, pili peanut butter and women accessories using pili shells while the HFFPI is into organic farming , production of honey bee , banana vinegar and herbal capsule supplements.

Napawon RIC is  involved in value adding, production of fermented cacao , mushrooms, fruits and vegetables.  Baao Burda , on the other hand, is into hand embroidered bags, shoes and shawls while Nasipit RIC is engaged  in organic vermiculture, lowland vegetable production, handicrafts, accessories, and processing of cacao,  peanut butter, coco jam and pili confectioneries.  The LMPCI is into piña cloth weaving.

As an output of the workshop conducted, the participants came up with a work plan of activities for the year.

These include profiling of RICs in Region 5, product assessment s by business service developers, market matching forum in Metro Manila including MOA signing, business plan preparation and food safety learning session.

Also included are seminar on good manufacturing practices, orientation on credit windows/financial literacy, training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP); training on business leadership for women leaders and enablers and trainer’s training on ICT/e commerce. (MAL/SAA/DA5-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571468222766/pcw-to-empower-six-women-s-organizations-in-bicol#sthash.zFiXvkiw.dpuf

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