The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) visited the town of Jagna to conduct performance monitoring of its GREAT Women Project (GWP) last May 19, 2011.

The municipality of Jagna 2 years ago was chosen as one of the three pilot municipalities of the GREAT Women Project. The goal of the GWP is to “foster efficient, responsive, transparent, and accountable governance at all levels, and to support the development of sustainable SMEs that can create more, better, and decent jobs for both men and women. The purpose of the project is to contribute to a gender-responsive environment for the economic empowerment of women, particularly women in microenterprises”.

Sometime in December of 2010, a Memorandum Of Agreement was signed by Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla, Gov. Edgar Chatto and Executive Director Emeline Versoza of the Philippine Commission on Women signifying the renewal of commitment of LGU Jagna to the GWP.

Ms. Catherine Gander, from CIDA, visited the municipality and provided assessments, reviews, advice and recommendations on aspects of management, performance, implementation of strategies and results achieved and likely to be achieved by the project for the duration of its implementation. A discussion was also centered on how gender-responsive environment is incorporated in local governance.

A workshop was conducted to come up with all the necessary data for the purpose.

A dialogue with women micro entrepreneurs of Jagna was also conducted. These women micro entrepreneurs come from calamay making – Linda Baja, Procesa Ranoa, Emertia Galia, Maribel Bucog; mais kape processing – Fe Bunjan, Belinda Abcede; tableya processing – Gaudiosa Aceron, Anastacia Ranara;  salabat processing – Criselda Monisit ; and banana chips processing – Josephine Lloren, Luzviminda Tadle.

The diaIogue centered on the discussion of the common service facility (CSF) for the processing of the products; calamay processing as well as the product itself  to make it BFAD Accredited, excellent in quality and a longer shelf life to cater to exportation.

Ms. Luzviminda Villanueva, Project Manager-Philippine Commission on Women-GWP and Ms. Estrella Espinosa, Local Area coordinator, GWP were also present.

The GWP from the municipality were Hon. Alberto Cabrestante, Jr., Vice Mayor Exuperio Lloren, Ms. Lovella Escolano, Mr. Camilo Rizano, Mr. Peter Jamero, Ms. Anna Ria Araneta and the group is headed by Hon. Nimfa A. Lloren.

CIDA team with LGU Jagna GWP-TWG and women micro entrepreneurs.