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Friday, March 27, 2015

Ipil SPED Center moms trained on banana chips making, buko juice processing

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – In keeping with the women’s month celebration, the mothers from Ipil Special Education (SPED) Center have undergone banana chips making and buko juice processing conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) at the SPED Center in Barangay Poblacion here recently.

“The project is conceptualized not only to provide service or donate materials but also designed to empower and encourage our women to take pride in their work, to be self-sufficient and to provide for themselves,” said Ms. Francis Melanie T. Temonio, science research specialist of DOST-Sibugay.

Dubbed “livelihood assistance to support women in building their skills and capabilities for self-employment,” the two-day training was attended by some 22 mothers, who were all members of the Ipil SPED Parents Association.

“The activity is a project aimed at curbing malnutrition and poverty, as one of the few deep-seated problems in most depressed and poor communities,” said Temonio.

She explained that very low-income families were forced to sacrifice their daily food intake with cheaper alternatives and low nutritional values that often leads to malnutrition and, in extreme cases, to severe sickness and even death.

“Income made from sales represents a significant sum for these women who have no other source of income and enable them to purchase additional needed food for their children.”

Ms. Temonio furthered that having contributed to the household income; the program would improve the women’s self-esteem and realize their potential in business.

According to Ms. Temonio, raw materials used during the training were provided by DOST including the meals and snacks for the two-day activity.