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Feature: There is money in home industries

PIATacloban City (March 26) – True to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s poverty alleviation thrust, there is money in home industries or micro enterprises.

This is the point that this year’s celebration of Women’s Month in Tanauan, Leyte, aimed to impress on the women of Tanauan, Leyte and the country as a whole.

The “Pakabuhilympics” showed that it only took five minutes for a woman to finish one broom which is being sold by the Tanauan broom makers at P30.00 per broom and P35.00 in Tacloban. This means that a woman can make 12 brooms in one hour work. If she sells the brooms she made in one hour, her gross income is P360.00. If she makes broom in 8 hours, she will produce 96 brooms which will sell at P2,880.00.

The one hour gross income is even more than what the ordinary employee is receiving. And the woman does not even have to leave her home and her family.

On the other hand, one nipa shingle was produced in 12 minutes which means that if the woman will work for one hour, she will produce at least 5 nipa shingles. If the nipa shingle is sold at P10.00 each right in the doorstep of the maker’s home, this will mean a P50.00 income in one hour or P400.00 income in 8 hours work. Still, this is bigger than the income of an ordinary employee.

With these realization, it is hoped that the women will be more proud of their trade and products, Mayor Roque Tiu said. Many of these women are usually ashamed of their being nipa shingles maker or mat weaver or broom maker. The "Pakabuhilympics, is an eye opener and should make people heed the call of the President for more microenterprises as she has programmed microfinancing to help these small entrepreneurs.

The “Pakabuhilympics” conducted as highlight of the whole day activity, is a contest among women on the livelihood skills which are common in the 54 barangays of Tanauan, Leyte. These include mat weaving, broom making, hat weaving, nipa shingles production and takuyan (rice keeper) making.

The contestants were given 30 minutes to make their products. They were timed as to how many minutes it took for them to finish one product. At the same time, the other women in the audience were made to make close observation on how the products are being made so that they will also learn an additional skill.

Tanauan is a municipality of the province of Leyte which is known for many home industries which include bamboo craft, pottery because Tanauan has one of the best clay in the Region, mat weaving, bolo making, broom making, hat making, basket making, and virgin coconut oil production which is the OTOP of the municipality.

Organized by the Federation of Tanauan Woman’s Clubs in coordination and with the support of the local government of Tanauan, the Women’s Congress is the culmination of the month-long celebration of Women’s Month in Tanauan, Leyte.

Tanuauan, Leyte is proud to have strong and cohesive Woman’s Clubs cum cooperatives in all its 54 barangays. These have been federated together with the mother club, with Ms. Olive Tiu as the president. These clubs are affiliated with the Leyte Federation of Women’s Clubs, the National Federation of Women’s Clubs and the National Council of Women of the Philippines. (PIA 8) [top]

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