Month: March 2015

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Retail stars take spotlight in Women’s Month celebration


President Benigno Aquino III ends the month-long celebration of International Women’s Month by honoring and recognizing over 5,000 sari-sari store and carinderia owners who are beneficiaries of the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program — a partnership between Coca-Cola Philippines and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) — at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on March 25. Part of those who witnessed the event are the more than a thousand of women from Region 3, specifically from Pampanga and Bulacan.

1As part of the global initiative of The Coca-Cola Company to economically empower 5 million women within its value chain by year 2020, Coca-Cola Philippines together with TESDA has been implementing the STAR Program on a nationwide scale since 2012. It aims to provide access to skills training, resources, and peer mentoring to 200,000 women sari-sari store and carinderia owners and operators all over the country by 2020.

The President hailed the women entrepreneurs during the event for helping make the economy grow in their own little ways.

Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said that society has come to acknowledge that apart from their traditional roles at home, women could be the success behind great businesses.2

“The event aims to bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and inspire STAR scholars to scale the heights in their respective endeavors,” Villanueva said.

“Women entrepreneurs are now recognized as hardworking, ingenious persons who can create jobs and who can prosper the community through their innovative ways,” Villanueva added.

Sari-sari store and carinderia owners are identified as the pillars of the Coca-Cola business here in the Philippines. The company recognizes that by empowering women, they positively impact the communities as well.

“In order for us to have thriving communities and better economies, we need to invest on women,” said Atty. Adel Tamano, vice president for public affairs and communications of Coca-Cola Philippines.

The event was also highlighted by a forum on empowering women’s decision-making process with a powerful line-up of women speakers: Atty. Rowena Guanzon on Empowering Women’s Decisions in the Political Sphere; Dr. Margie Holmes on Empowering Women’s Decisions in the Social Sphere; and, Mrs. Alma Uy on Empowering Women’s Decisions in the Economic Sphere.  Television host Suzi Abrera served as moderator.

The STAR program continues to hone not only the women beneficiaries, but also the trainers and program implementers, who are at the forefront, managing and delivering the program at the grassroots community level.

To date, the STAR program has benefited around 30,000 women scholars.

3Joining the President in recognizing the women entrepreneurs were TESDA  officials led by Villanueva, and Deputy Director General Atty. Teodoro Pascua, and representatives from Coca-Cola Philippines President and General Manager Diego Granizo, Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Atty. Adel Tamano, and Sustainability Manager & 5by20 STAR Program lead Gilda Custodio-Maquilan. END



TESDA goes ‘green’ with new training center

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has unveiled a new training center that will serve as a venue for honing the youth’s ‘green’ skills.

Built in partnership with the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCI), the TESDA Green Technology Center (GTC) will serve as the green skills hub, which will offer training courses to cater to the needs for renewable and emerging green jobs.

1“TESDA is definitely going green as it pursues its technical vocational education and training drive,” TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said at the launch of the building on March 20.  With Villanueva during the event was FFCCCII President Dr. Alfonso G. Siy.

The construction of the two-storey structure started in March 2014 from a donation of the FFCCCI.  It is housed at the TESDA Complex in Taguig City and has a site area of 2,603 square meters.

It has a six ground floor lecture rooms and two rooms at the second floor as conference area and staff rooms.

The state-of-the-art building will cater to various trainees, clients and stakeholders in different fields and areas of technical vocational education and training like photovoltaic systems, hydroponics, vertical gardening, landscaping, inverter technology and e-trike servicing, among others, to various trainees, clients and stakeholders. 2

“It will be a campus of ideas and resources geared towards environmental innovation and stewardship,” Villanueva said.

“It will be a game-changer because it will become more than a building. It will create a whole community of changed people around them,” he added.

As a model in green technology, the center will have vertical gardens and landscaping, showcase implementation of waste segregation system, use of natural light and ventilation, use of solar panels / lighting and conservation of water and power.  

The GTC will adopt the Training-Research-Extension Service-Entrepreneurship (TREE) concept of TESDA Technology Institutions.  It will conduct training programs primarily for trainers and researches on green technologies, bring research products to communities through extension service, and promote green products entrepreneurship.  

Villanueva expressed gratitude to the FFCCI for funding the construction of the center.

“With continued partnership with the private sector, we hope we can build more green centers that are sustainable and will produce graduates who will take on roles as defenders of the earth we live in,” he said.

With over 200 member organizations nationwide, the FFCCCII has been engaged in various civic works and collaboration with the government such as in barrio school donations, relief operations and medical missions.  END


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