THE city government has intensified its campaign to provide livelihood to women as part of its bigger program of empowering the sector.

The Participants – Davao Fashion Design Council, Inc., Arkat Lawanen Women Empowerment Producers Cooperative with Honorary Consul for Mexico Ma. Lourdes Monteverde. File Photo

This as the city government was recognized as the second best local government units in the region in the Sustainable Development Goals-Local Government Unit category in August.

Lorna Mandin, Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) head, said the office has continued to be the referral office for women who want to become beneficiaries of the “Mag-Negosyo ‘Ta Day Program,” which became the basis for the award as it is within the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations for the empowerment of women.

“Focus pa gihapon ang kanang process improvement how else can we improve the project to reach more women, kadto pang mga deprived kadto pang mga vulnerable poor women,” said Mandin, adding that meetings have been conducted to adjust to the needs of the women.

The city was cited “for exhibiting exemplary implementation and adopting best practices for the realization of the Filipino’s collective aspirations towards Sustainable Development Goals, and serving as an example on demonstrating the country’s steadfast commitment to this end.”

Mandin said the city government decided to submit the program for the award as it is “geared towards improving the lives of women.”

Also part of the implementation of the program are the City Cooperative and Development Office, the City Veterinarian’s Office, the City Agriculturist Office and the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

“Naka-sentro sa babae kay daghan wala’y trabaho, daghan wala na renew and duna pud panginahanglan nga ma-provide ang panginabuhian,” she said, citing that since its start in 2009, the program has benefited 4,213 for financial assistance to livelihood for women; 950 for cash loan and rice retailing for women; and 68 for livestock livelihood for women. 


Source: Mindanao Times (