Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian has organized a livelihood training that aims to teach his constituents how to make rags in his district office along 332 McArthur Highway in Malinta last April 17.
Aside from teaching them how to make rags, the Rag-Making Project also taught participants about the ins and out of the trade.
Analiza Allen, the coordinator for the livelihood project under Gatchalian’s WinTayo sa Trabaho program, explained they only invited 10 participants to make sure they are given a comprehensive training.
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“Maraming gustong sumali (sa rag-making training) pero pinili lang natin (ang mga participants kasi) gusto natin na mas matutulungan at mas matutukan ang mga mate-train natin,” Allen explained.
Following the whole-day training, Allen clarified that the participants can now train other interested rag-makers in their own communities about making the product and guide them on how to efficiently run their small businesses.
“Ang mga na-train natin, sila naman ang bababa sa mga community para magturo sa iba,” she added.
The successful conduct of the first Rag-Making Training, Allen hoped, would inspire their participants to share to other people in their communities the knowledge they acquired from the training.
At the same time, she invited those who want to participate in another rag-making training, which will be facilitated by those who joined the April 17 session.
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To sign up, applicants only need to call (02) 352-0549.
Gatchalian has used rag-making business as a means to help his constituents learn how to earn extra income or boost their source of living.
Believing rag-making can help make poor folks be more productive and independent, the veteran lawmaker used his Angat Kabuhayan livelihood program to help rag-maker Tarhata Kahong succeed in her trade.
Good thing for Tarhata, Valenzuela City Congressman Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian offers Angat Kabuhayan livelihood program, which seeks to provide vendors and small business entrepreneurs with financial assistance needed to expand their ventures.
Through the small capital she received from the livelihood financial assistance program in 2013, Tarhata was able to buy retaso, yarns, scissors, and oil for her sewing machine. (Camille Nepomuceno)