PHilMech conducts MCSTD learning session for WMEs
(by Jhoanna Keith Santiago  7/5/2017)

Mrs. Joson, founder and owner of KMNE, teaches the participants on the techniques on processing agricultural commodities.

Women Micro Entrepreneurs (WMEs) now have wider knowledge on the use of Multi-Commodity Solar Tunnel Dryer (MCSTD) as part of their processing business, said Dr. Helen Martinez, project leader.

She also said that this learning session thru field exposure/visit with hands-on demo on processing of agri-fishery commodities is regularly conducted to encourage MCSTD adopters in getting the full benefit of technology by maximizing its utilization.

The three-day activity which started on May 30 was attended by 40 WMEs and enablers from Dagohoy and San Miguel, Bohol; Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Roxas,Isabela; Abra de ilog, Occidental Mindoro; and Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

Techniques on processing of agricultural commodities like tomato, kamias, tamarind, mushroom, and turmeric and ginger were taught by Kababaihang Masigla ng Nueva Ecija (KMNE) Founder/Owner Ms. Vilma Joson, Parista Barangay Defense System MPC Chairman Mr. Roberto Gaid, and Bakhita Herb and Tea Processor Ms. Virginia Madriaga during the field visit and exposure.

Ms. Elaine Piñero of New Nagcarlan Women’s Association from North Cotabato shared that the learning sessions broadened her mind on new opportunities and acquired learnings on product processing and development, marketing tips, product costing, and simple packaging techniques.

“Bilang miyembro ng isang samahan ng kababaihan, malaki ang naitulong nitong learning session, pwede pala tayong ma-empower hindi lang sa bahay, but we can go out and be more productive in establishing this kind of processing business”, she added.

When asked about the insights of this learning session, Ms. Josephine Tulia of Isabela Green Ladies Organization (IGLO) from Roxas Isabela mentioned that the activity gave emphasis on innovative creations of women and women’s group to enhance and improve their way of living, as well as to develop their capabilities not only in their home but also in business.

“Hindi namin akalain na ang kamatis, kamias, sampalok, bayabas, santol at luya na hinahayaan lang namin ay malaki pala ang maitutulong pagdating sa kabuhayan. “Ang daming nasasayang sa aming probinsiya na dapat palang pakinabangan at malaki ang maitutulong sa aming mga kababaihan”, Ms. Tulia said.

Meanwhile, the learning session activities include field exposure/visit to PHilMech Social Laboratory �" the KMNE in Quezon, Nueva Ecija , and other MCSTD-Based Enterprises in the province.

The activity is through the implementation of EDD project “Empowerment of Women as Frontliners for Sustainable MCSTD-Based Enterprises in the Philippines” �" a PCW and PHilMech Collaborative Project under the GREAT Women Project 2.