Participants were members of the Kalipinunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi) mulling to put up a bag/sandal-making business.
“We want to make a difference,” declared Joy Raro, president of Kalipi – Balacanas Chapter, adding, “we want to empower women in our barangay by providing them livelihood that could increase their family income.”
“As much as possible, we want this proposed business to last a lifetime,” added Sylvia Ello, president of Kalipi-Tambobong Chapter.
FDC Misamis, operator of the 3 x 135 MW circulating fluidized-bed coal thermal plant in Villanueva, commits to extend assistance to the group.
“FDC Misamis pushes for inclusive growth. Women in general are great managers and are key players in driving progress to communities,” said Mirabel May Perez, the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) officer.
“Entrepreneurial skills can be developed and learned,” added Perez.
Zuen Guantero, livelihood coordinator of DTI-MisOr, introduced a training tool called Business, Expenses, Savings, Training (BEST).
BEST, explained Guantero, is presented as a role-playing game that teaches business skills through a simulated business environment with definite profits and savings outcome.
The gist of the program is to educate aspirant entrepreneurs the practicality of doing business.
Guantero added, “DTI is equipped to provide technical support to Kalipi via organizational and financial management, and marketing services trainings.”
On the aspect of sustainability, Guantero highlighted that the group also needs to undergo trainings on values formation and environmental management.
Balacanas’ Punong Barangay Nila Pagaling is appreciative of the collaboration between DTI and FDC Misamis who are committed to provide technical and financial supports respectively.
“We are very much grateful for this opportunity. I am positive that through the patience and hard-work of our women residents, this project will be fruitful,” said Pagaling.
Likewise, FDC Misamis President and CEO Mr. Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, is confident that Kalipi members will prosper in this undertaking.
“As a company that sees community sustainability as its responsibility, FDC Misamis unceasingly works with various groups to economically empower the women in our host communities. With the proper tools, along with appropriate disposition, these homemakers can be financially productive,” said Roxas.
The group is currently preparing its feasibility study for its proposed bag/sandal-making business. Once completed and proven viable, FDC Misamis will grant Kalipi funding.
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