KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, April 6 (PIA) -- In a bid to help women become productive in their leisure times, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have pooled resources to provide livelihood to a women group in Arakan town in North Cotabato.
Marion Abella, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, said the livelihood project given to Ganatan Women’s Association is part of the DAR-DTI-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (DAR-DTI-CARP) thrusts in capacitating Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations in establishing a viable enterprise in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs).
“The beads fashion accessories making project is one of the support services extended by the DAR and the DTI to lift the economic status of the beneficiaries in the village of Ganatan, Arakan,” Abella said.
“The project is very suitable to the community since most of the women group members are Indigenous People of the Manobo tribe where idle times ranges from 5-6 hours a day. That is why we are really looking forward to this project in helping them become more productive and turn it into an income generating enterprise."
Abella said DAR and DTI recently trained some 38 ARBs who are members of Ganatan Women’s Association on beads fashion accessories making.
Women were taught techniques in making different kinds and styles of fashion accessories such as rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces from which they can sell at a reasonable price to help them increase their household income.
After the training, the DTI provided the participants with equipment and materials as a start-up capital for their livelihood project.
The equipment and materials amounting to P10,000 consisted of 20 ring sizer, 20 ring sticks, 20 jewelry pliers, 20 jewelry cutters, 20 rolls jewelry ordinary wire, and 20 sets of colored beads.
Management and care of these equipment and materials has been consigned to the Ganatan Women’s Association.
Rosario Votacion, president of the Ganatan Women’s Association, has assured DAR and DTI that they will manage the project well.
“We are very fortunate to receive this kind of project from the government. This [project] is an opportunity for barangay Ganatan, especially to women, to learn new and alternative ways in earning additional income for the family,” Votacion said.
“I have high hopes to develop the project into a micro, small and medium enterprise in the future. We will also strive to enhance our capability and skills so that we could produce quality beads fashion accessories that are competitive in the market.”
Votacion also said that they will reach out more women to become members of their association in order for those other women to benefit from the programs and projects that the government is extending to them.
The Provincial Offices of DAR and DTI in North Cotabato will also conduct the same livelihood project and skills training in Barangay Tumanding, Arakan, North Cotabato. (ROrejudos- DAR North Cotabato/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)