City of San Fernando, La Union (21 Sept. 2011) – Two women associations were given a head start towards brighter economic prospects through the Department of Labor and Employment’s livelihood program.

Already established itself in catering services, the Women’s Unity for Progress and Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative of Mapandan, Pangasinan was recently granted P263,717 by the DOLE 1, through its Dagupan Field Office, for skills upgrading in catering and basic photography training.  The municipal government of Mapandan earmarked P52,850 as the project’s accredited co-partner, while the association shared P72,000 as its equity.

The association started with a P55,000 seed capital in February 2004, and has expanded since then.

“Through this assistance, we can now compete better with other entities in the same business and further increase the employment and economic benefits of our project,” said Anabel Meneses, the cooperative manager.

DOLE 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena cited the association for its efficiency in managing its project.  “The WUP is a confirmation that small livelihood undertakings can grow into more viable enterprises that provide additional income and jobs among communities,” Jalbuena said.

The catering services project directly benefits 100 women and out-of-school youth.

In separate occasion, the Samahan ng mga Kababaihan para sa Kaunlaran of Paoay, Ilocos Norte also received, through the DOLE-Ilocos Norte Field Office, P163,240 assistance for its carindera and catering project.  The municipal government of Paoay shared P74,790 as its counterpart.

The project hopes to provide alternative livelihood for the 25 women beneficiaries of Barangay Callaguip where farming is the major economic activity.

“With the onslaught of El Niño, we are just so grateful that the DOLE has afforded us the opportunity to have an additional source of income,” said Estelita Agdeppa, the association President.

The DOLE Kabuhayan Program is a strategy under Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’s administration that helps address poverty through the creation of job-generating community enterprises. asv

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