Providing an individual with a livelihood does not only mean to earn for a living.
For the Cebu Provincial Government, it is also a way to empower women and to prevent families from getting involved in any illegal activities.
For two years now, the Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC), which is headed by Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and co-chaired by Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, has been conducting various livelihood trainings to teach the women and men from different municipalities earn a living, away from the temptation of getting hooked in criminal activities, particularly cyber pornography.
Under the leadership of Davide and Magpale, PWC’s main goal is to protect the women and children against violence, human trafficking, pornography and other forms of violence.
Magpale said that the livelihood program was originally designed to help survivors of domestic violence rescued by the PWC. Now, the program has included members of organizations.
Since January up to this month, PWC trained a total of 1,104 individuals. The series of trainings given to the beneficiaries for free is under the Capitol’s program called “Gasa sa Panginabuhian alang sa Matag Sugbuanon.”
These beneficiaries are from the 45 barangays of Argao (351 participants), Barangay Cambanay in Danao City (51), Parents and Teachers Association Federation of Asturias (51) and the City of Naga (452), particularly the families who were displaced by the Sept. 20 tragic landslide in Barangay Tinaan.
They were trained on how to make siomai, native chorizo, banana crackers, binangkal and ngohiong.
As to the banana chips-making, Magpale said some of the women have tied up with entrepreneurs in Cebu City, while others distributed their products to canteens in their localities.
The vice governor said that the program helped in uplifting the lives of the beneficiaries.
“And more than that, giving them the empowered confidence ba nga (makaingon sila) kamao ko manginabuhi,” she said.
Trainings like sewing and cooking were also being conducted at the Cebu Provincial Women and Children Development Center in Barangay Sudlon, Cebu City.
“Aside from that, pananglitan sa banana chips-making, nanghatag mi og mga equipment kanang slicer, sealer kay wa man sila ana. Nanghatag sad mi’g sewing machines,” said Magpale.
PWC consultant Heddah Largo said there are fishermen and farmers who are also interested to learn food processing so they can have an alternative livelihood, especially during bad weather conditions.
Aside from food processing, PWC also offers skills training like soap-making and candle-making.