The Upi Women’s Federation Inc.(UWFI) came into being in the year 2004 which was initiated by the First Lady, Madam Amelita A. Piang, the better half of municipal mayor Hon. Ramon A. Piang Sr. It is located at Barangay Nuro, in the municipality of Upi, Maguindanao. It is a non-sectarian and non-profit organization which focuses on gender and women development. It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission bearing no.CN 200930771 and is duly accredited with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Government unit of Upi.
It is composed of more or less 4,000 tri-people women (T’durays, Christians and moro people) coming from the 23 landlocked barangays of Upi. These women engage themselves in livelihood programs which aim to increase family income thus reducing poverty. These women also get themselves involved in program planning/decision making, health and health related activities, advocacy on VAW-C, Anti-Trafficking/other forms of exploitation and discrimination, responsible parenthood, responsibilities and liabilities of fathers reproductive health and family planning.
The women’s organization was purposely organized to serve as the implementing arm of the Local Government Unit in the implementation of the 5% GAD funds of the municipality and as well as the barangays.
We envision an empowered, socially and economically stable women who are free from all forms of violence and exploitation.
We will strive to raise the awareness of all Upians on Violence Against Women and their Children, Anti-Trafficking in Persons and all forms of discrimination, exploitation and encourage their active participation on Life Skills Training and Micro-enterprise.
Study Tour on” Bahay Kubo” concept, vermiculture, and Philippine Carabao Center, Kabacan, Cotabato
Study tour to Integrated Farm at Bukidnon
Study tour of the STEP-UP students to micro-enterprise
Techno transfer on livestock, poultry raising, tilapia production and vegetable farming, soap-making, corn husk crafts, food processing and preservation
Gender Economic Enterprise Training – Establishment of the Business Development Center
Gender Forum on Enterprise Development
Partnership with the Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. and Microsoft Philippines in the operation of the Community Learning and Training Center for the STEP-UP Program. Its primary objective is to raise the awareness of OSY’s about the Anti-trafficking in person by providing them Basic Information Technology Course.
Community-based IEC on GAD VAWC-AT, magna carta for women and disaster management in the 23 barangays;
Joint Celebration of International Women’s Month – March 8 (hanging of streamers, conduct of good Morning Monday - information on gender through radio, livelihood and GAD orientation and Gender Mainstreaming, Olympics and women’s congress)
Philhealth Accreditation of the Rural Health Unit not renewed
Orientation of barangay officials on issuance of barangay protection orders
Orientation on handling VAWC-AT cases
Mainstreaming and internalization of Gender programming in every LGU departments
Strengthening LGU referral system for VAWC -AT
Limited materials on Gender and Enterprise Development
Operationalization of the Business Development Center to support local enterprises of women
Participation to Upi Agricultural Development Corporation
04/05/11 our greatest challenge While all these programs, projects and initiatives are implemented towards the much needed development of our respective localities. Success still largely depend on the commitment, sincerity and the political will of the Local Chief Executive, Officialdom and leaders of the Local Government Unit