THE Daanbantayan Women’s Federation in Daanbantayan town, Cebu will now have its first livelihood project with its accreditation for the Bugasan sa Kababayen-an project of the Cebu Provincial Government.

Gov. Hilario Davide III approved the request of federation to be included in the project during a meeting last Dec. 9 at the Capitol Dignitaries Lounge.

Davide assured the federation that he and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale will attend the launching of the project as part of the Capitol’s support for the empowerment of women.

Bugasan sa Kababayen-an project was launched in 2010 by the Cebu Provincial Women’s Federation Association in five municipalities–Catmon, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon and Tuburan. It has also been implemented in 29 municipalities in the province.

The project is part of the sustainable livelihood program of the Province, which aims to increase income and improve the entrepreneurial skills of the women through buy and sell of National Food Authority (NFA) rice.

Through this project, 10 sacks of NFA rice is given as starting capital to an accredited association, serving as a seed money to start their retail business.

At present, Carmen town got the highest net profit among the municipalities in the province.

By becoming part of the project, the federation will now have its first livelihood project, said its president Delia Etcuban.

“Kinahanglan gyud nga may panginabuhian ang mga kababayen-an sa Daanbantayan ug dako og ikatabang kanamo ang kini nga proyekto (Our group really need a source of livelihood and this project would definitely help us),” said Etcuban, adding that it would ultimately help the people of Daanbantayan.

Etcuban said that rice is a basic need and the demand for it is high. She said her group has been looking forward to the day when the Province would deliver them the seed capital so they could start selling rice to their potential clients.

There are 34 women’s organizations in the 20 barangays of Daanbantayan and majority are already registered with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Securities and Exchange Commission.(PR/Capitol PIO)