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PIA Press Release
2006/10/26

Larena town reiterates support to barangay women's livelihood projects

by Rizalie A. Calibo Larena, Siquijor (26 October) -- Women folks in Larena are into livelihood projects that are hoped to give way to income generation and job creation in their locality.

Funded and supported by the local government, this food processing venture will provide beneficiaries with livelihood resources assistance to promote enterprise growth and utilize the full potential of women, says Vice-Mayor Ronnie Villa of Larena.

“We are bent on improving the quality of life of the people, that’s why the local government is presently supporting these two livelihood projects, he said. This is meant to give our women here a good start which gives them access later on to productive resources and economic opportunities”, he said further.

Vice Mayor Villa also stressed that gender responsive programs such as this are needed to correct the glaring practices of gender inequality and that women are important partners in any development because they are crucial contributors to the economy and progress of the nation.

These two projects “Queen’s Squash Noodles” in barangay Cang-allas and “Queen’s Banana Catsup” in barangay Basac were started last year after seeing their potentials in the market.

Also backing the venture is the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) which is up of releasing P150, 000 next year for the project’s technology upgrading. The amount is earmarked to step up the operations and production and comply with established manufacturing standards and keep up with the latest trends in and demands of the market. This is designed to benefit through infusion of relevant technological innovations and support services with the ultimate aim of creating stable employment, especially, among the rural poor.

With this, Villa is optimistic that all sectors o the society – the government and the private sector will be able to integrate and implement aggressively and effectively all initiatives and interventions for the improvement of the project in the local market and beyond.

He said the people can rise from their economic status if both local leaders and themselves cooperate in achieving growth and not purely rely

on government assistance which he said, is even more “counter productive.” The energy and the sustenance of their growth should be their concern, he said.

Meanwhile, the Administration urges the Senate to speed up deliberations on the budget to show the world the country’s determination to keep the banner of reforms up and the drag of politics down.

The budget not only defines the country’s development agenda but also signifies the payback to the people of the tough economic reforms and this is a matter of national interest that can no longer be delayed as the train of popular expectations is waiting to travel onward. (PIA) [top]

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