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Gov Petilla reiterates commitment to GREAT Women pilot project in Leyte

Tacloban City (December 3) -- Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla reiterated the Provincial Government of Leyte's commitment to the GREAT Women Project being piloted in four municipalities of the province.

Governor Petilla made the pronouncement after the signing of the second Memorandum of Agreement held at the Governor's Hall of the Leyte Provincial Capitol at 10:00 o'clock in the morning of December 3.

Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla informed that the event came after the successful implementation of the first work and financial plan in the province and in the four pilot municipalities, the positive results of the midterm evaluation of the GREAT Women Project by CIDA, and the approval of the Philippine Commission on Women of the second work and financial plan prepared by the LGU partners in Leyte.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Ms. Emelline Verzosa, the Executive Director of the Philippine Commission on Women, Governor Petilla, and the mayors in the three pilot municipalities, Mayor Carmen Cari of Baybay, Mayor Agapito Pagayanan Jr. of Tanauan, and Mayor Avestruz of Barugo. Present during the signing were Vice Governor Mimyet Bagulaya, Board Member Roque A. Tiu, PIA Director Olive Tiu and Philhealth Region 8 head Walter Bacareza.

The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women, GREAT Women for short, is a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women's economic empowerment, particularly, those in micro-enterprises.

The five-year project (2006-2011) is provided with technical and financial support by the Canadian International Development Agency. Women's empowerment works to raise the level of participation to enable women to make decisions based on their own views and perspectives.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed on January 2, 2009 between the Philippine Commission on Women, formerly National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, the Provincial Government of Leyte and the Pilot Municipalities, Barugo, Baybay, Capoocan and Tanauan, for the implementation of the GREAT Women Project in the Province for a period of three (3) years.

The MOA provided for the signing of a Supplemental Agreement among all partners to specify the annual budget and deliverables of each LGU.

The Philippine Commission on Women is the lead executing agency for the Project. The Commission partnered with key national government agencies involved in micro-, small- and medium-scale enterprise (MSME) development and select local government units to support the project. NCRFW partnered with 12 national government agencies, 8 pilot provincial governments, one of which is the province of Leyte, and 35 municipal local government units.

This five-year project (2006-2011) is provided with technical and financial support by the Canadian International Development Agency. Seven million Canadian dollars (Cdn$ 7 Million) in development assistance has been earmarked for the project. (PIA 8) [top]

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