At least 35 more women associations in the municipality of Argao joined the “Bugasan sa Kababayen-an” Project of the Capitol.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Argao Women’s Association President Sylvia Biton.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and Argao Municipal Mayor Edsel Galeos also signed the MOA for the municipal-wide implementation of the project last Nov. 17 in Argao.
The project has been seeing early success in the town.
One of the 10 pilot women’s group in the town, which implemented the project, reported P11,000 profit since February this year.
In this project, ten sacks of NFA Rice amounting to P12,500 are given as starting capital to an accredited association, serving as seed money to start their retail business. The funding was made possible through the support of the Cebu Provincial Government.
“Dako jud kaayog tabang ang proyekto sa amo kay barato raman ang bugas kompara sa ubang baligyaanan (This has helped us a lot since the rice is less expensive than those sold in the market or stores),” said Julita Untal, president of Talaga Women’s Association.
The association sells ordinary rice for P28 per kilo. They also sell quality rice for P34 per kilo. They allow credit to their members but would have to pay it in seven days.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said the program is meant to empower the women by giving them livelihood.
“Daghan ang mga babaye nga biktima sa pag pang-abuso nga moduol namo ug amo silang hatagan ug libreng abugado kung naay probable cause, pero mobalik ra gihapon sa ilang bana kay wala silay laing kapaingnan. (A lot of women sought our help for complaints about domestic violence. We would give them free legal services if there is probable cause but they would prefer to go back to their husbands because they are dependent on their financial support),” she said.
“Tungod niini, naa miy programa nga gitabangan namo ang mga kababayen makabarug sa ilang kaugalingon (Because of this, we have established a program that would help the women stand on their own),” added the vice governor who co-chairs the Provincial Women’s Commission.
Bugasan was first implemented five years ago. The women’s association in Carmen already recorded a net profit of P1 million from the project.
According to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the women’s group in Carcar City also registered earnings of about P600,000.
Vice Governor Magpale told the beneficiaries that the project does not promise an easy going. “Pero hinumdomi kadtong naka ginansya na (But remember those who already gained profit).”
Vice Governor Magpale also stated that apart from the Bugasan, they have other livelihood projects for women. These include hair culture, manicure, soap-making, and candle-making, which are now implemented province-wide.