Tuesday, February 09, 2010

100 Moro women finish livelihood seminar in Maguindanao

A photo released by the ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information shows acting Social Welfare Secretary Pombaen Kader, of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, has assured members of the Badak Women Association of her agency's assistance during the two-day women assembly held recently in the village of Badak in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao province. The Badak Women Association is groomed to become a model community women group in the ARMM.

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – Some 100 women finished a two-day seminar on various programs organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, officials said on Tuesday.

Ali Macabalang, the ARMM spokesman, said the seminar was aimed at making the participants, who belong to the Badak Women Association, aware of various methods that would make them more progressive in trade and commerce.

Those who attended were mostly from Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, he said.

According to Macabalang, DSWD-ARMM acting Secretary Pombaen Kader said the assembly enabled the women to craft plans and programs and strengthen their association with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority in the ARMM.

He quoted Kader as saying that with the support of DSWD-ARMM, the Badak Women Association has been recipient of the Learning Livelihood and Food Sufficiency program of the ARMM Social Fund Projects through its Community Development Assistance which promotes local women empowerment.

The LLFS program trains participants on livelihood and income-generating activities, and also undertakes functional literacy training that requires 150-hour classroom sessions under the non-formal education by the Department of Education.

The training provides women and mothers especially from the far-flung areas basic ability to read and write as well as mathematics. It also affords them technical, financial and material support for the household food sufficiency which is designed to address the nutritional needs of their families.

Jennylyn Yap, of the DSWD-ARMM, also said that they are now planning to make Badak Women Association as a model women group in the region for them to continuously avail of the services of the women’s welfare program, according to Macabalang.

About 270 communities are being targeted for the Learning Livelihood and Food Sufficiency as part of its sustainability program under the CDA component of the ARMM Social Fund Project.

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