A pleasant afternoon to everyone! I’m elated and privileged to be tasked by the Chairpersonof the Local Council of Women of San Fabian, the Hon. Irene F.Libunao, to share our experiences and learning on sustainablelivelihood projects. Thank you to the conveners, the PFLCW,because this goes with a side package of having to visit thebeautiful City of Batangas..
A Paper Presented by *CYNTHIA B. SORIANO during the PFLCW 10th General Assembly held at Batangan Plaza Hotel, Batangas City on November 15, 2012.*Municipal Civil Registrar*President-Gov’t. Lady Employees Active Movement of San Fabian, Pangasinan*PRO-San Fabian Local Council of Women
The San Fabian Local Council of Women(SFLCW) was initially organized in June, 2010but was formally launched on March 19,2011 on the occasion of the Women’s MonthCelebration with Mayor Irene F. Libunao asthe Chairperson of the Council. Nine (9) women NGO groups at firstcomprised SFLCW. This now increased to 12,all representing 7,691 women members.
SFLCW Key Officers: Chairperson MAYOR IRENE F. LIBUNAO Pang. Council of Women, Inc.(PCWI), San Fabian ChapterVice-Chairperson MS. MILDRED S. MARCELLA GSP, Pangasinan Chapter Secretary MS. MELECIA SAGUN Municipal DSWD Asst. Secretary MR. HERMINIO M. SERRAON, JR. School Heads Association of San Fabian ( SHASFA )
Treasurer MS. BETTY N. MANALO Barangay Health Workers ( BHW ) Auditor COUNCILOR HOPE B. AQUINO Barangay Service Point Officers(BSPO) P.R.O. MS. CYNTHIA B. SORIANO Govt. Lady Employees Active Movement ( GLEAM ) MS. ERNA E. SENIN San Fabian MLGOO MS. MARCELINA D. WALTI Daycare Workers Federation MS. ELVIE M. BATE KALIPI San Fabian MS. ROSE A. MAMITAG San Fabian Public Market Ass.
Women NGOs comprising SFLCW: Pangasinan Council of Women, Inc. ( PCWI ) San Fabian Chapter Government Lady Employees Active Movement ( GLEAM ) School Heads Association of San Fabian ( SHASFA ) Barangay Health Workers ( BHW ) Barangay Service Point Officers ( BSPO ) Day Care Workers Federation First Ladies League of San Fabian KALIPI San Fabian Seaside Women Association of Rabon ( SWAR ) Rural Improvement Cooperative ( RIC ) Girl Scout of the Philippines, San Fabian Chapter San Fabian Public Market Association
Let me show you the LCW projects of San Fabian at a glance thoughthis flowchart which you can easily see and understand and how theSFLCW metamorphosed into its present stature.
Goal of the LCW Projects : To encourage women to engage in projects focused onwomeneconomic empowerment in terms of micro enterprisedevelopment and capability building.Multi-Purpose Cooperative –It is worth mentioning that thefounding Chairman is the present Chairperson of the LCW ofSan Fabian. Micro-Lending for Livelihood Projects and BusinessNFA Rice Retailing Insurance Underwriting
Objectives of the Projects: Multi- Purpose Cooperative •To give members access to credit to start or increase business, tocreate employment and augment income.•To engage in the supply of production inputs, raw materials,consumer goods and other commodities for easy procurement bymembers.•To establish linkages with other institutions for servicesbeneficial to members.
Project Partners And Funding Source: Source of Funds: Initial FundingMembership Fees - P 100,000.00Cong. Jose C. De Venecia, Jr. - P 200,000.00Congressman Gina P. De Venecia. - P 500,000.00
Micro-Lending for Livelihood Projects and BusinessesNo. of Beneficiaries Businesses Engaged in 11 Sari-sari store business 1 Frozen Foods 2 Dried Fish 1 Assorted Inihaw 4 Vegetable Buy & Sell 15 Palay Grower 2 Corn Grower 5 Tobacco Grower 1 Bagoong Dealer 1 School Supplies 1 Dry Goods 1 Beach Cottages 2 Dress Shop 1 Toy Store 1 Goat Raising 1 Canteen
Insurance Underwriting •To provide insurance benefits to members at affordable costs•To augment income for members interested as insuranceagents•To ease the burden of the family left behind by the member.
Insurance Underwriting Our Multi-Purpose Cooperative is the only cooperative insuranceunderwriter in Pangasinan accredited by the Cooperative InsuranceSystem of the Philippines (CISP). It is also recognized by CooperativeDevelopment Authority as Millionaire Cooperative on Oct.15, 2011. Project Description:An Interested member is issued I CARD (Insurance Card) at a cost ofP 100 per year. entitling her to accidental and natural death benefits. Actual beneficiaries: 1.P55,000.00 insurance benefit to the family of Mr. Lito Fernandezfrom barangay Sabangan, San Fabian, Pangasinan who died ofvehicular accident2.David Castillo who died but whose insured loan was paid byCooperative Insurance System of the Philippines ( CISP )
NFA Rice Retailing Project - NFA rice is purchased in bulk from NFA warehouse atlower cost. A member loans 1 sack of rice which, whenconsumed and paid, is availed of repeatedly. - During initial launching, there was lack of market. 3 to 5 sacks were loaned to 34 barangays for resale. Proceeds of the sale were used again to repurchase from the NFA Retail Store. - A steady supply of rice especially to low income members and nonmembers.No. of Beneficiaries - 51 members and non-members
FOOD PROCESSING •To provide employment opportunities to members.•To make available to consumers, especially visitors andtourists, products uniquely made in San Fabian.• To tap the potential use of raw materials abundant in SanFabian.• To be a partner of the Local Government in promoting theOne Town - One Product (OTOP) program of the nationalgovernment. •To augment the financial resources of the LCW.
Promotions - Trade Fairs/Exhibits - Product Sampling in public and private offices - Given as gifts to officials and other personalities during functions and gatherings. Note: Gov. Amado Espino of Pangasinan bought 2,000 bottles for distribution to officials and athletes during Palarong Pambansa - DOLE support (product display on Labor Day trade fair)
SWEETS AND DELICACIES MAKING Source of Funds: BALIKATAN - P 10,000 ( investment ) Mayor Irene F. Libunao as LCW President - P15,000.00 San Fabian LCW - 10,000.00 Promotions - Trade Fairs/Exhibits - Product sampling during public and private functions and gatherings Manpower - employment of 4 regular employees.
TRAINING CENTER 1.To impart appropriate knowledge and skills to members interested toput up own businesses.2.To make available training facilities for continuous livelihood skillsdevelopment. Sources of Funds:1.Scholarship grant from SENATOR PIA CAYETANO amounting toP100,000.002.TESDA - 6 months supply for hairdressing and beauty care3.TESDA - free enhancement training4. Mayor Irene F. Libunao as LGU Head - Supplies and facilities
TRAINING CENTER Fields of Skills Training Offered • Hairdressing (haircutting, hair coloring, hair and scalp treatment, and hair rebonding) • Beauty Care ( manicure, pedicure, and make-up) • Food ProcessingNo. of Trainees in Hairdressing and Beauty Care - 18No. of Trainees undergone intensive training at TESDA Specialista - 9Training Agency - Career Makers International Academy incooperation with TESDATraining Period - December 2011 to May 2012No. of Trainees for Bangus Sardines Making- 20No.of Trainees for Sweets and Delicacies - 4
PASALUBONG CENTER1.To serve as sales outlet for goods produced from foodprocessing projects as well as goods produced by members intheir small businesses.2.To sell selected products from various small-scalemanufacturers in the province.3.To serve as display and promotion outlet for products of LCWand individual homemade products of members.Source of Funds: BALIKATAN - P 44,530.00 ( investment ) DTI - Pasalubong Building ( P 50,000.00 ) Mayor Libunao - display racks and cabinets Business Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm
5. BALIKATANObjectives:1.To provide assistance to members with deceased relatives.2.To provide credit to enterprising indigent members interestedin putting up own small business.3.To take part in feeding projects for children and seniorcitizens by providing medicines, vitamins, fortified rice anddrinks.Source of Funds: Special Project of members initially numbering around800 who contribute P10 each per month to put up funds forcharitable and productive purposes.
5. BALIKATANBeneficiaries:15 members - P 45,000.00 @ P3,000.00 ( funeral assistance ) Pasalubong Center - P 44,530.00 ( investment ) Delicacies and Sweets Making - P 10,000.00( investment )
LCW IN PICTURES The pictures I will be showing speak for themselves. They are mute but very eloquent evidence of what the LCW of San Fabian is doing and had been doing.
Awarding of P500,000.00 to LCW by Cong. Gina P. De Venecia
MARKETING OF THE PRODUCTS: •Trade Fairs/Exhibits•Product Sampling in public and private offices•Given as gifts to officials and other personalities duringfunctions and gatherings. Note: Gov. Amado Espino ofPangasinan bought 2,000 bottles for distribution to officialsand athletes during Palarong Pambansa•DOLE support (product display on Labor Day trade fair)•Product sampling during public and private functions andgatherings
Best practices on transparency and accountability. a. Periodic meetings for accomplishment reports b. Audited Financial Statements c. Submission of Reports required by authorities or supervising agencies
SFLCW VOLUNTEERISM: Volunteerism is at its best in the LCW of San Fabian.Mayor Irene Libunao’s personal passion for the accomplishmentof the group’s goals and objectives is contagious and itmotivates. Our volunteers are the precious resource we can’tafford to lose. They largely contribute to the sustainability ofour projects. They say, in TEAM there is no “I” but in“VOLUNTEER” there is “U”. Multi-purpose Cooperative Microlending- 5 volunteers NFA Rice Retailing – 1 volunteer Insurance Underwriting - 1 underwriter volunteer and 10 volunteer agents Food Processing Bangus Sardines - 6 volunteers Sweets and Delicacies - 4 volunteer Pasalubong - 2 volunteers Training Center - 6 volunteers Balikatan - 8 volunteers
We would like to thank the PFLCW for giving us this pat on ourshoulder as The Most Outstanding LCW of the Philippines for2012 , for us to keep up what we are doing or even do better for our women. It’s an honor to share this with the LCW of Dipolog City.Even with this award we do not claim to be the best. Maybeother LCWs have better practice or better projects in one way or another but just that they failed to document what they have been doing.
Having achieved what we had, this presented a lot of challenges. We carefully considered key factors which depended largely on the factual situation, organizational culture, varying attitudes of people and dynamics between officers and co- officers, between officers and members, between members and other members. The success of our different projects is a demonstration of diligent efforts, efficiency, commitment, cooperation and vibrant energies of people. The vigor and spirit of the women of San Fabian in having pursued its various projects have yielded positive impact not only in their lives but in the lives of their families.
Before I end my presentation I owe it to my Mayor and myConstituents to tell you something where I came from.
The municipality of San Fabian has a total land area of 8,129 hectares inhabited by 75,000 self-reliant and God- centered people. It is dubbed as gateway to the North. It is a place where the mountains, the seas and the plains beautifully converge because its 34 barangays are almost equally divided into 10 coastal, highland and 12 lowland barangays. It is blessed with pure and abundant water supply because of the presence of aquifer underneath our land. When the rains cascade from the mountains it is filtered and stored in this bowl-like structure underneath us.
Let me end this presentation by way of this story for whatever this is worth to all you.
A man was sleeping at night in his house whensuddenly his room filled with light, and the Lord toldthe man he had work to do for Him and showed hima large rock in front of his house. The Lord explained that the man was to push againstthe rock with all his might. So, this the man did, dayafter day. For many years he toiled from sun upto sun down; his shoulders set squarely against thecold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushingwith all of his might. Each night the man returned tohis house sore and worn out, feeling that his wholeday had been spent in vain.
Since the man was showing discouragement, theAdversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture byplacing thoughts into the weary mind: “you havebeen pushing against that rock for a long time, and ithasn’t moved.” Thus, giving the man the impressionthat the task was impossible and that he wasa failure. These thoughts discouraged anddisheartened the man. Satan said, “Why kill yourselfover this?”
“Just put in your time, giving just the minimumeffort; and that will be good enough.” That’s whathe planned to do, but decided to make it a matter ofprayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.“Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard inyour service, putting all my strength to do that whichyou have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have noteven budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”
The Lord responded compassionately, “My Servant,when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, Itold you that your task was to push against the rockwith all of your strength, which you have done.Never once did I mention to you that I expected youto move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent,thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled,your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callusedfrom constant pressure, your legs have becomemassive and hard.
Through opposition you have grown much, and yourabilities now surpass that which you used to have.Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your callingwas to be obedient and to push and to exercise yourfaith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done.Now my servant, I will move the rock.”At times, when we hear a word from God, we tendto use our own intellect to decipher what He wants,when actually what God wants is just a simpleobedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercisethe faith that moves mountains, but know that it isstill God who moves mountains.
When everything seems to gowrong ............................................. just P.U.S.H!When the job gets youdown ...................................... justP.U.S.H!When people don’t react the way you thinkthey should ........................................ just P.U.S.H!When people just don’t understandyou ..................... just P.U.S.H!