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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. awarded seven (7) women’s groups in Olongapo with commemorative checks amounting to P200,000.00 from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) during the Flag Raising Ceremony of government employees on January 12, 2009.

After careful evaluation of the project proposals submitted by several groups, the Project Selection Committee, composed of UNFPA, City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and Livelihood and Cooperative Development Office (LCDO), has chosen the beneficiaries of the Micro Capital Grant Program. They will be given seed capital to start their proposed projects.

‘Samahan ng Kababaihan ng Mabayuan’, led by Gertrudes Da Anton, will engage in Iodized Salt Production and Marketing; ‘Gawaing Aktibong Pampayanan sa Olongapo, Inc.’ (GAPO, Inc.) headed by Elvira U. Chiong, and ‘Samahan ng Kababaihan sa Mactan’, led by Norma Mercado, will use the capital for their Micro Finance Project.

‘Pag-asa ng Buhay Association of Differently-abled Persons’ (PBADAP) is into Rice Retailing. Two others, namely, ‘BALIKATAN’ headed by Gloria Menta and ‘Women Senior Citizens’ led by Lilia Valdez, proposed a Botica Natin sa Nayon Project.

‘Entre Pinay’, under the Livelihood and Cooperative Development Office, will operate several projects namely, Botica Natin sa Nayon Project to be led by Mar Filamor; Processed Foods Project under Evelyn Booc; Pera sa Basura Project to be supervised by Cynthia Gaspar; and a Water Bonsai Project.

“We are giving these women opportunities to earn extra and be able to avail of Olongapo City's reproductive health services,” said Mayor Gordon.

UNFPA is the world's largest source of fund for population assistance. MCG was conceived to help alleviate poverty in the countryside. This program also seeks to empower women financially by providing them with seed capital for livelihood activities.

Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) Olongapo Chapter Board of Director Domingo Cruz receives the check from Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. as recipient of the UNFPA Micro Capital Grant. Also present were (from left) Councilor Jonathan Manalo, City Health Officer Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, Councilor Jong Cortez, Vice Mayor Cynthia G. Cajudo; (From Right) Councilor Edwin Piano and Lilia Valdez, Women Senior Citizen President. (Middle) Roberto Fadrique, FSCAP Board of Director.

PAO/ chay

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