National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Marissa DM Navales, together with the nutrition awardee LGUs from Valencia City, Manolo Fortich, and Maramag answers questions from the press in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday, November 5. They showcased innovations that have been done to successfully curb malnutrition prevalence on their respective areas. (RDMendoza/PIA 10)
CAGAYAN de Oro City -- With the city’s fast growing economy particularly in the food industry, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) women association was inspired to come together and set up their very own food business.
Geared with the necessary skills and attitude, the Sr. Nazareno 4Ps Association, actively participated in all program activities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).
In 2014, the group which is composed of 26 women joined the Basic Micro-enterprise Management Training and Entrepreneurship, wherein participants are given basic management training, financial management and processes to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. The program provided them with the necessary capital fund to realize their business goals.
The women’s eatery serves basic “lutong-bahay” (homemade) foods, desserts and even expand their venture to rice retailing. The business is inevitably growing since then and they are now planning to build another branch within the city.
According to Jocel Cabanay, the association’s president, the secret to their success is cooperation and trust. “Our business’ success is a shared effort among all of us, we make sure that we maintain transparency and remain responsible to our duties as members of the group,” she emphasized.
Cabanay also added, “Nalipay gyud kami tungod kay kani among negosyo dagko gyud ang natabang sa among mga pamilya ug panghinanglanon (We are very happy because this business has really helped our family as well as our needs),” she said.
After more than a year of operation, the women’s eatery has become known in their community. They have offered their services to DSWD several times, one of which was during the Secretary’s visit to the region where the group served their food to more than 300 people. To this date, the office calls for their services whenever there are events to be held within the city.
The group also accepts orders and catering services. Interested clients may personally visit Sr. Nazareno 4P’s Delicious Eatery at Julio Pacana Street, Barangay 26, Licoan, Cagayan de Oro City.(Jamila M. Taha/DSWD/PIA10)
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