In order to boost women’s economic empowerment, the Department of Trade and Industry has recently implemented the Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation of Women Project Phase II (GREAT Women II). It is a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises. The project, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, is a convergence with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The GREAT Women Project Phase I which was implemented from 2007-2013 supported 6 women micro entrepreneurs from Leyte as its pilot. Building on its success, the GREAT Women Project Phase II (GREAT Women II) provides a timely opportunity to improve the resiliency, sustainability, productivity and competitiveness of women micro enterprises (WMEs), and to continue the enhancement of an enabling environment for economic empowerment of women. It focuses to establish linkages now with 128 selected Women MEs in all provinces of the Region for markets and technical partnerships compatible with value chain development approaches.
The department adopted the Greening the Gender Responsive Value Chain Approach (GGRVCA) for its project implementation. A GGRVCA Training of Facilitators back to back with the actual conduct of Value Chain Workshop for the Rootcrops Chips Producers has been conducted by DTI Regional Office 8 on the first week of March 2016 in Catbalogan, Samar which was attended by 22 participants from the Rootcrop Chips Producers, DTI Provincial Offices, Regional Office and invited Agencies. The workshop was followed by the formulation of the Samar Rootcrop Processing Industry Cluster Vision, Goals and Objectives. Another workshop was also conducted to identify and prioritize the Industry Value Chain Opportunities and Constraints based on the economic, environmental and gender factors.
The DTI Eastern Samar Provincial Office alongside with the DTI Regional Office conducted the same GGRVCA Workshop with the Mother Ignacia National Apostolate Center (MINSAC) at the MINSAC Mulit-Purpose Hall of Barangay 1, Llorente, Eastern Samar on March 30, 2016. It was attended by 22 members of Mother Ignacia Women’s Association (MIWA) who are currently engaged in the processing of Turmeric Herbal Tea. Through the workshop, they were able to map the Value Chain for the Eastern Samar Turmeric Processing Industry and was able to set realistic goals.
DTI Biliran together with the DTI Regional Office is also conducting a GGRVCA Workshop this April 13-14 in Naval with the Naval Suman Processing Industry Cluster.
The objective of the workshops is to level off the knowledge of the participants regarding gender and greening the business environment using the Value Chain Analysis as a tool. An economic, environmental and gender analysis of the value chain is introduced while participants are also assisted with the flow of information between the input providers and the enablers in creating the action plan. This action plan integrates a gender-responsive work scheme for women which positively results to an increased productivity. It also incorporates environmental sustainability in their workplace through the efficient use of natural resources. The Greening the Gender Responsive Value Chain Approach (GGRVCA) shall support the upgrading and capacity development of value chains of the industry clusters.
CYNTHIA R. NIERRAS Regional Director