Empowering the women in the 3rd District-A A +A
Thursday, August 14, 2014
IN THE Third District of Negros Occidental, women and mothers are empowered with livelihood skills to become self-reliant.
They learn how to make bath soap, detergent powder, dishwashing liquid and fabric conditioner, and candles which they can use in their homes or sell for an extra income.
They also learn how to make kropek, smoked fish and sardines. Aside from using these for their own consumption, which translates to big savings in their daily budget, they can also sell them for an added income.
This livelihood training program is a project of 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez, who puts it in his priority projects to provide community-based capability-building through livelihood projects for women in his district.
Push for the self-reliance and self-sufficiency of women in his district are the values Benitez wants to promote in the barangays of the 3rd District.
This is also to stir the economic activity in the barangays, he said.
The project started in December last year, with 67 women and mothers from Victorias City attending a seminar on entrepreneurship and a training on making bath soap.
The seminar was conducted by resource persons from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who are also co-sponsors of the program.
Last February, the second group of trainees was composed of 31 women and mothers from E. B. Magalona and 31 women and mothers from Silay City.
In March, 30 women and mothers from Talisay and Murcia attended a training on soap-making in Talisay City.
In the training, Talisay Mayor Eric Saratan thanked Benitez and the DTI for the training opportunity for livelihood for his constituents and urged the trainees to make use of their new skill to earn extra income for the family.
Last May, 50 women and mothers from E. B. Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia joined a seminar-workshop on candle-making conducted by the DTI.
Also in May, 57 women and mothers from Victorias City, E. B. Magalona, Murcia, Silay City, and Talisay City were trained by the DOST and Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST) on making kropek, smoked fish and sardines.
This August, 75 families in the district have started production of candles for home consumption and as a source of additional income.
There are now candle-making ventures in Barangay 20 in Victorias; Tanza in Silay; Zone 5 in Talisay, Rizal in Silay; and Barangays Cansilayan, Caliban and Minoyan in Murcia.
Bath Soap-making has been ongoing in Barangay 1 in Victorias; Gahit in EB Magalona; E. Lopez in Silay; Zone 1 in Talisay; and in Zone 1, Alegria, Amayco, Blumentritt and Sta. Cruz in Murcia.
Last August 7, the DOST held a seminar in Murcia where it presented its programs and projects and scholarship program, as well as food safety awareness, proper packaging and mandatory labeling requirements, and hydrometeorological hazards and warning systems.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 14, 2014.