ORMOC CITY – In order to help the beneficiaries of the Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC) be able to enhance their skills, this city’s Integrated Population and Gender Development Office (IPGDO) conducted a two-day Capability Development Training on Food Processing on August 30-31, 2022.

The activity was held at the Multi-Purpose Building of Camp Downes Elementary School, wherein participants were taught how to make vegetable cupcakes and how to market and sell them for a sustainable livelihood.

During the said training, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Family, Gender Equality, and Population Management of the Ormoc Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), City Councilor Lalaine Marcos, dispensed her advice to the training beneficiaries to listen, learn, practice, and make it successful for their own benefit and to set an example for other teenage mothers.

Accordingly, it has always been her advocacy to have this kind of program and training for teenage mothers to help them learn and earn a livelihood; and that the City Government of Ormoc is always looking forward to helping these teenage mothers have a good life.

The activity was spearheaded by the IPDGO headed by Jun Gallo in collaboration with the City Agriculture Office (CAO) headed by City Agriculturist Maria Elena Mendoza, the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) headed by its President Gina C. Tirando together with RIC Coordinator Imelda Remollo, the Sangguniang Kabataan ng Ormoc headed by Ex-Officio SP Member Joan Marbie Simbajon, and the Brgy. Camp Downes council led by Punong Barangay Jason Gestoso. The SPPAMC, accordingly, is one of the national government’s approaches to ensuring an improved quality of life for its citizens, including the approximately 200,000 young Filipino mothers and their children. By Gwen Maurillo (EV Mail August 29-September 4, 2022 issue)