Bukidnon honors ‘womenpreneurs’

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Three self-made businesswomen’s group from different towns emerged as winners in the recently-concluded search for most successful women entrepreneurs of Bukidnon.

Declared winners were Damulog Women’s Federation, Impasug-ong Women’s Organization and Pangantucan Women’s Federation, which garnered first, second and third places, respectively.

From selling “puto,” “suman,” and some other foods many years back, the Damulog Women’s Federation has managed to save up some funds to venture into food catering services, which is now renowned in town and some neighboring places.

The second successful women’s group of Impasug-ong is engaged in making and weaving indigenous handicrafts, their products are also presently “selling like hotcakes,” while the Pangantucan Women’s Federation is in swine-raising/livestock dispersal and food catering services.

Ruth Jacutin, provincial coordinator of Gender and Development (GAD) said this program of the government aimed to empower women to be financially secure and independent.

“One thing we found during the assessment in different towns was that, getting a group of women together who want to learn and improve their lives is an extremely powerful learning system,” Jacutin said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Adoracion Raguro, President of the Federation of United Women in Bukidnon (FUWB) said the global financial and economic crisis has great impact on the lives of women all over the world. “It is women who will bear the brunt of looking after their families in difficult times. The health of families?and of the nation?is in women’s hands. In the face of global financial crisis, I’m very positive that we can be the solution,” she said.

The search for most successful women entrepreneurs was spearheaded by the Provincial Federation of Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Hon. Roelito Gawilan.

The three received their awards during the activity of the 2010 women’s month celebration at the Folk Arts Theater in Malaybalay City.

Thousands of women who are mostly members of the FUWB from the different cities and municipalities as well as lady employees of national government agencies participated in the said activity.

This year’s observance of the women’s month carries the theme: “Babae Tagumpay ka ng Bayan.” (PIA Press Release)

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