The Provincial Government, through the Provincial Women’s Commission (“PWC”), headed by Cebu Governer Hilario P. Davide III offered livelihood training programs for the constituents of the second district. PWC co-Chair Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and the second district Provincial Board Members Peter John Calderon and Christopher Baricuatro were present during the activity held in Barangay Sto. Niño, Malabuyoc last Thursday, August 15.
Magpale said the program is an additional responsibility of the PWC, as it is the PWC’s mandate to provide not only legal assistance to the women who are victims of violence, but also provide means to empower them.
The Vice Governor added that PWC projects will include, the dress making livelihood program, wherein sewing machines were also provided by the Provincial Government to the rightful beneficiaries; the meat processing program (includes training on the making of meat loaf, longganisa, tapa, ham, and tocino making); and the soap making program (includes training on the making of powdered and bar laundry soap, herd soap, dishwashing liquid, and fabric softener).
Board Member Calderon said the training program is only the first phase of the program. After the training, participants will form organizations that will then undergo accreditation by the Provincial Government and registration with the Department of Labor and Employment. “From there, we will help you [them] in finding the capital to make the livelihood program work,” added Calderon.
Board Member Christopher Barricuatro is hopeful that the program will be able to improve the lives of the participants. Charito Obiazada of Barangay Uno, one of the participants has this to say about the training, “Nagpasalamat mi nila nga ila ming gitudloan ug among nakat-onan karon. “Kami nalipay nga gitagaan ug livelihood training program kay basin makatabang ni sa among pamilya ug sa akong mga estudyante,” said Leonila Ruedas of Barangay Looc. (Xerxes Alkuino)