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DOST V implements Gender Responsive Economic Actions in the Transformation (GREAT) Women Project for three NGOs in Masbate Province

16 June 2016

Three (3) non-government organizations (NGOs)/women’s groups in the Province of Masbate benefitted from the technology interventions provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC)-Masbate. These NGOs are the Marian Women’s Producer Cooperative (MWPC), Lanang, Aroroy, Masbate; Balay ni Nena/Nene, Bagumbayan, Masbate City and Kinamaligan Resettlement Area Relocatees, Kinamaligan, Masbate.

S&T interventions realized under the DOST V’s Gender Responsive Economic Actions in the Transformation (GREAT) Women Project were in the form of “Technology Training on Candle Making”, and materials and tools for a start-up. Other assistance from DOST V include linkages with Manila-based suppliers; continuing technical assistance and networking with LGU-Masbate for the fabrication of candle platforms.

These NGOs currently produces and sell various candles. MWPC specializes on dipped and scented candles. Its startup production came from DOST V. Balay ni Nena/Nene produces heavy duty candles. The round candles are from the Kinamaligan settlers. Both Balay ni Nena/Nene and the Kinamaligan settlers got their startup production from LGU-Masbate.

DOST V and PSTC-Masbate headed by Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, Regional Director and Ms. Josie D. Albao, OIC-Provincial Science and Technology Director, respectively, successfully implemented this GREAT Women Project in partnership with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Masbate, Local Government Unit (LGU)-Masbate and with support from ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc for P50,000.

DOST V tapped the services of Mr. and Mrs. Rafael and Marlyn Dagooc, owner/ manager of RCD Wax and Candles in Naga City, as resource speakers during the two-day training in December 2015. RCD Wax and Candles is one of successful SETUP cooperators in the Bicol Region. (Dr. P. O. Lucena, DOST V/Ms. J. D. Albao, PSTC-Masbate).