Equality! Quezon City touts more livelihood, business opportunities for women
As part of the Quezon City’s thrust to promote economic empowerment and equality in business and livelihood opportunities, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte touted the city government’s programs for women.
The Vice-Mayor presented the data showing the involvement of women in business, while emphasizing that city hall’s business and livelihood programs for women help them become financially independent.
“Ayon sa datos, 40 percent ng mga malalaking kompanya sa Pilipinas ay pinamamahalaan ng babae. Sa Quezon City, ‘pag sinabing entrepreneurship o pagnenegosyo, mas maraming negosyante ang babae kaysa lalaki. Sa datos naman ng Sikap Buhay, mahigit 97 percent ng mga umuutang sa micro-credit upang magsimula ng negosyo ay babae at mahigit dalawang porsyento lamang ang lalaki”, Belmonte said.
Among the livelihood projects for women in Quezon City are women are Tindahan ni Ate Joy, LIPAD (Local Inclusiveness Project for the Advancement and Development)-Pinay Program, the Artisan Academy, and Lazada E-Commerce online selling.
Belmonte said that the Tindahan ni Ate Joy has 1,000 members, most of whom are single mothers. And recently they expanded the program to include the wives of drug dependents undergoing treatment in community rehabilitation centers.
Moreover, the wives of the drivers of colorum tricycles will also soon become beneficiaries of the program, while their husbands will also be taught alternative livelihood skills.
Meanwhile, Spark Foundation and SEAOIL Foundation launched LIPAD Pinay, a project that will train women on how to put up businesses that is a level-up from other livelihood programs such as soap making and meat processing.
Moreover, the city government will also kick off Artisan Academy wherein the products of the community will be improved to reach world-class status with the help of Rags2Riches Social Enterprise.
“Tulad sa Payatas, ang basahang tig-sampung piso, ginagawang magarang bag. Kapag binenta ito, kumikita ito ng mahigit P1,000. Tinuturuan din nila ang mga mamamayan kung paano mapapaganda ‘yong produkto na ibebenta sa boutiques ng Rags2Riches sa Metro Manila”, the vice mayor explained.
Meanwhile, Lazada E-commerce will also conduct a seminar to teach women how to sell their products online that will largely benefit small businesses with inadequate earnings to build a store.
“Ayon sa mga datos kapag ang nanay, ang babae sa pamilya, ay kumikita rin mas lalo siyang nirerespeto ng kanyang mga anak at asawa. Tumataas din ang dignidad sa sarili dahil hindi siya umaasa sa ibang tao para sa kanyang kabuhayan”, Belmonte said.