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Women sari-sari store owners finish entrepreneurship training

Evangeline Pangasian receives her “Top Performer” award from Boardmember Harris Ali (3rd from right) during the graduation ceremony of Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) training program held on December 22, 2015 at held at Macapagal Training Center, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – 111 women entrepreneurs who are owners of sari-sari stores (small retail outlets) from different towns of this province successfully completed the six-day Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with Coca-Cola Philippines, Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) and 2nd Congressional District Office of Lanao del Norte.

 
The program participants were divided into two groups. The first group composed of 65 women entrepreneurs from the municipalities of Lala, Magsaysay and Salvador conducted their training every Tuesday at Brgy. Raw-an Hall, Lala town. The second group composed of 46 women store owners from the towns of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Sapad, Kapatagan held their weekly training every Thursday at the Kapatagan Municipal Hall.
 
“You are very fortunate that you have a very hard-working congressman in the person of Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo. He really wrote Secretary Joel Villanueva to request for trainings that will benefit his contituents. He is the main reason why Lanao del Norte is the few select province to receive this kind of training outside of Metro Manila”, said TESDA Regional Director Lamberto Jos.
 
Graduates of the STAR training also undergo Gender Sensitivity Training to empower them of their rights as women entrepreneurs.
 
“We are really happy that we are made part of this training. We were taught the importance of recording every sale that we make and in maintaining good relationship with our customers”, expressed Norma Buhisan of Lala.
 
Five participants were also given the “Top Performer” award during the graduation ceremony held on December 22, 1015 at Macapagal Training Center, Brgy. Pigcarangan, in capital town Tubod.
 
According to Chief of Staff Marie Vil Codilla of the 2nd Congressional District, 1,000 slots will be made available next year for women enterpreneurs in towns of Lanao del Norte not included in the first training.
 
Also present during the graduation ceremony were Boardmember Harris Ali and 2nd Congressional District Consultant David Ditucalan.  VNL/PIO-LDN

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