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PIA Press Release
2007/03/28

MOA inked to empower Davao del Sur women

Davao City (28 March) -- VARIOUS government agencies in Davao del Sur recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to help women in the said province become successful entrepreneurs.

Such initiative tagged as "Tindahan ng mga Kababaihan para sa Masa" was entered into by the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur, second Congressional District of Davao del Sur, along with the municipal and city LGUs, Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

A seed fund of P6 million has been allotted for the operation of the stores located in the central public market of the 14 towns and one city of Davao del Sur.

Aside from the working capital which will be allocated by the Provincial Government and the second Congressional District, the municipal and city LGUs will also set aside a certain amount for each of the 15 beneficiaries for refurbishing the stores/stalls. Moreover, the DTI and Dole will earmark for the conduct of trainings to further the competence of the women beneficiaries.

The major objectives of the project are: to capacitate the province's women to engage in and manage a business project and generate additional income for themselves; and offer consumers the opportunity to experience 'best value for money' in their purchase of goods and commodities.

To date, DTI-Davao del Sur has already been conducting capability-building and organizational strengthening trainings.

The stores are expected to operate starting this month.

"It's a good move in providing our consumers a source of goods where they can surely get best value for money. Moreover, these women beneficiaries will be earning. We just have to make sure that they are fully empowered to run their respective stores," said Trade Assistant Secretary Merly M. Cruz.

The stakeholders are optimistic that the project will generate stable income for the beneficiaries. (PIA) [top]

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