NCRFW, DTI and DOLE-OSHC forge partnerships to implement the GREAT Women Project

The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the government’s machinery for the advancement of women, has forged an initial partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to implement the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project by showcasing experiences of women microentrepreneurs in a disaster-striken area in Quezon, and enhancing competitiveness and policies to support women microentrepreneurs.

The GREAT Women Project is a capacity development project which aims to create or enhance an enabling environment for women in microenterprises. This project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and locally executed by the NCRFW in partnership with key government agencies and select local government units across the country.

More than three million pesos of funding support was released for projects of the three DTI offices through a memorandum of agreement signing with NCRFW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa and DTI Assistant Secretary Maria Lourdes Baua and the directors of the Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED). Present also in the signing ceremony is CIDA Head of Aid Tom Carroll.

The labor department’s Occupational Safety and Health Center likewise forged a MOA with NCRFW on developing training modules for addressing occupational safety and health hazards in the workplace, especially microenterprises involved in the manufacturing sector.