Inauguration of Livelihood Centre

Livelihood Centre Inaugurated in Medellin, Northern Cebu

A one-storey training and enterprise centre, built in collaboration with Child and Women in Cebu Empowerment Inc. (CWCE), was inaugurated on 8 September 2015 in Barangay Kawit, Municipality of Medellin, Northern Cebu.

Medellin was one of the 16 most badly hit municipalities in the northern part of the province of Cebu which resulted to interruption of many livelihoods and leaving schools and houses unrepaired after many months after Super Typhoon Haiyan. Given the need to implement construction and reconstruction works in the area, the Child and World Cebu Empower, Inc. (CWCE) proposed to provide overall project management. To successfully implement the project, CWCE will work with local communities and tap labour from existing local associations in the identified areas.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), target beneficiaries from the communities were chosen and identified. The goal for the construction of Livelihood Centre is to promote a much needed job training and livelihood development for the creation of essential family income in the area. Through this Centre, local women's organization (60 people, 62 per cent of whom are unskilled at present) will be capacitated on construction work, acquiring experience in the build-up of new marketable skills and at the same time earn income. The Centre will be managed by the Barangay Local Government Unit.

 The newly constructed training and enterprise centre will be maintained by the LGU of Barangay Kawit while its operations will be managed by the Kawit (Medellin) Women’s Livelihood Association (KWLA).

 The KMWA training and enterprise center was inaugurated on
8 September 2015 and was attended by LGU partners, a garment company sponsor and ILO representative. The facility will provide space for sewing, food processing and other income-generating activities to the members of the association.

 High-speed sewing machines were donated by a Cebu City-based garments company. Training on garment production in the centre is being planned and the company will hire successful trainees as workers.