Various products of Antique are now on display at the Robinsons Place Antique as part of the March 20-26 Harvest Fair. (Photo by Annabel J. Petinglay)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- Senator Cynthia Villar has committed to provide more livelihood projects to economically empower Antiqueño women.
Villar, guest speaker in the Women’s Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Binirayan Gymnasium here, said that it is very important for women to have their own livelihood near their homes so they could also contribute to the family income.
“Men can find full-time jobs in companies but the women cannot because of their household responsibilities,” she said.
She said this is the reason she started livelihood projects with women as principal beneficiaries. She said she is willing to help interested Antiqueño women develop their livelihood.
“We have a mobile construction school that could be deployed in Antique,” she said.
The mobile construction school was conceptualized in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to train women to become painters or welders.
“Women are found to be better painters and welders because they are more meticulous,” she said.
The senator, who also opened the Antique Harvest Fair at Robinsons Mall Antique, further encouraged women to engage in loom weaving, which is now making a name domestically and internationally.
Villar added she is going to make a follow up with the Fiber Industry Development Authority to help Antique develop its fabric industry.
Meanwhile, Senator Loren Legarda, who also attended the Harvest Fair opening, said as that as chairperson of the Senate committee on appropriations, she has worked out to increase the Philippine FIDA budget to PHP400 million to help local producers process more cotton for loom weaving. (PNA)