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Iguig, Cagayan – Women are now making their mark in the business sector in Cagayan Valley.

Eight out of 32 Women Micro Entrepreneurs (WMEs) assisted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), under the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) WEE Project, received plaques of recognition during the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) End of Project Assessment on November 17-18, 2021.
The WEE Project is funded by the Government of Canada. It seeks to empower WMEs to become more competitive in the market. This can be achieved by providing them with various capacity development trainings on gender sensitivity and appropriate technologies to improve their businesses.
The plaque was awarded to recognize their efforts in integrating gender lens in their business operations, such as providing equal access to opportunities to both men and women; and equal opportunities for decision making. Also, for successfully applying DOST Technical Interventions under the PCW-DOST WEE Project, granting various certifications for their businesses.
The awardees were as follows:
a. Lighthouse Cooperative (Tuguegarao City) – Managed by Mr. Arturo B. Tabbu
b. Z Bros Food Products (Tuguegarao City) – Owned by Ms. Marmee C. Vela
c. Susan’s Bakeshop (Piat) – Owned by Ms. Susan T. Pagulayan
d. Lal-lo Rural Improvement Club Federation Inc. (Lal-lo) – Managed by Ms. Olivia Pascual, represented by Ms. Noemie Agcaoili
a. Ma. Gloria Native Delicacies (Naguilian) – Owned by Ms. Ma. Glora Guifaya
b. JBM Food Products (Cabatuan) – Owned by Mr. Jose Morante
a. Melizabeth Food Products (Cabarroguis) – Owned by Ms. Elisa Tomas
a. MJ’s Food Products (Santa Fe) – Owned by Ms. Julie Cuyangan
Other WMEs were also given a certificate of completion for their compliance in the PCW-DOST WEE Project.
The WEE Project will officially end this December 2021. It’s led by Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, Assistant Regional for Technical Operations Services, assisted by Ms. Jennifer B. Ibañez, Project Assistant I. (S&T Pen 02_Hanz Mallillin)

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