People who work in any organization like a cooperative, for their own benefits and that of the community is seen as an endeavor with honor.
Said Liberal Party Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas to the officers and members of the Tubigon Loom Weavers Multi Purpose Cooperative in Pinayagan Sur, Tubigon.
Roxas, together with his Vice Presidential candidate Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, visited the weave shop, to personally see the development of the cooperative.
, Roxas said the cooperative which is now producing products for international market distribution, is a big help to the members that assured them income for food, milk, medicines, tuition fees and other daily needs.
Robredo on her part said that cooperatives empowers women as many housewives are no longer dependent on their husband.
She recalled that during the time that she worked with private organizations, she experienced lawyering for battered wives.
She also revealed that she is a bit jealous with the Tubigon women because they are producing products like place mats, table runner, bags, tea mat, gallon cover, with some raw materials, such as buri and abaca fiber, which she suspects, come from Camarines Sur, her place.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Trena Sumayang, the coop manager said, the cooperative is now more than 25 years old, with more than fifty members and more than 500 weavers.
She said they are now exporting their products to Sri Lanka, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and to countries in Europe.
Coop Chairman Aurelia Antigo, on her part, revealed that they are now supplying finished products to international branded company such as lui vuitton and chanel.
Both Roxas and Robredo congratulated the cooperative members for their determination to sustain the organization which got financial grants from the Department of Trade and Industry, and private persons, the lobregat family of Zamboanga who donated 32 high speed machines.
Both bared that such cooperative venture manifests the fact that women can succeed in that they could be at par with men. (NPS)
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