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2nd batch 17 women finish cosmetology training

Davao City (5 August) -- The second batch of seventeen women recommended by the Reach-out Center of the Good Shepherd Sisters, and by the Center for Overseas Workers (COW) in Davao, completed last July 31, 2008 their 15-day cosmetology and beauty culture training with two day basic business management and values seminar.

The training is intended to provide beneficiaries with alternative skills for livelihood. It is a joint project among Davao Light and Power Company, the Reach-Out Center of the Good Shepherd Sisters-Center for Overseas Workers in Davao, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the latter's "Ahon Bayan" program. The Aboitiz-owned Davao Light funded the training in coordination with Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., the social development arm of all companies under the Aboitiz Group.

Those who completed the skills training are the following:

Edith L. Abac, Jonamary N. Abecia, Radelyn Balanza, Kathyrine A. Bathan, Jean P. Vingcoy, Crispinita V. Dacallos, Rebecca C. Hayashi, Ruth R. Ignacio, Lorna C. Lubaton, Retchiel B. Magno, Jinky P. Manubay;

Restita A. Milez, Rona K. Ramos, Marivic B. Taguibalos, Nora L. Takayama, Melanie K. Tumaob, and Bonna Mae C. Tamaguchi.

These women, at one time or another, had experienced working in Japan and had since then returned to the Philippines with some harrowing experience of abuse and abandonment.

The Reach-out Center and the Center for Overseas Workers were linked up with Davao Light for support by the DSWD Ahon Bayan Program being coordinated by Nestor Estampa.

Supporting training projects for alternative livelihood skills is one of the focus areas of Davao Light's corporate social responsibility program. (DLPC) [top]

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