San Fernando City, La Union- Innovative approach to women empowerment cancontribute to Philippine’s inclusive growth. To further help women in participating on economic undertakings, different government agencies and a non-government international agency united for the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project 2.

Pinay Entrepreneurs, mover of Economic growth

The GREAT Women Project 2 (GWP 2) is a governance and capacity development program that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment. GWP 2 intends to help 12,000 women entrepreneurs in the country. The 6-year-term project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency in partnership with The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). Key national government agencies involved are the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. GREAT Women Project 2 is a continuation of the GREAT Women Project 1 which was programmed last 2007-2013.

Representatives from DTI, DOST, DA and BFAR in Region 1 met last February 12, 2016 at DTI-La Union Provincial Office for the GREAT Women project 2 Regional Convergence Group Meeting. The activity aimed to come up with a strategic implementation plan of the project. DTI Region IV-A Assistant Director Marcelina Alcantara who was tasked to lead the National Program came to attend the 1st RCG Meeting. She discussed the overview of the project, updates, work and financial plans. Alcantara on her message said that empowering women to contribute to economic growth is also helping the lives of their families and community. “Pagtulungan natin ito, this project will help our MSMEs in the countryside.” She added.

DTI-La Union Provincial Director Daria Mingaracal, Chairperson for GWP 2 for Region 1 reiterated the importance of the convergence of different agencies to make the task easier. “Let’s make our Pinay Entrepreneurs movers of economic growth in Region 1.” She added. GWP 2’s thrust is to help women entrepreneurs to have access to long-term economic success through competitive products. One of the target goals of GREAT Women Project 2 is to bring 50 Philippine products to the International Trade Fair in Canada next year. (END)