FDC Misamis Power Corporation, in partnership with the Municipality of Villanueva and Ang- Hortaleza Foundation Inc. (AHFI), recently sponsored a five-day “Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko” basic cosmetology training program from 24 to 28 February at the Villanueva Gymnasium.
Around 62 unemployed women and men from the municipality were taught the basics of haircutting and other hair treatments, manicure, pedicure and foot spa. They also did actual hands-on work with “models” coming from the communities. The women had a written and practical exam on the last day which culminated in their graduation. The training was capped by a “Libreng Gupit” for Barangay Dayawan residents.
“With the help of FDC Misamis, ang kalambo-an naa sa inyong mga kamot. Kana nga tabang magmabungahon kung kini inyong paga-ampingan (Progress is now in your hands. And that help will be fruitful as long as you take good care of it),” Villanueva Mayor Julio Uy addressed the graduates during the closing ceremony. “This livelihood training program has taught valuable skills that can be brought anywhere the participants go. We are grateful that this program was provided to Villanueva which we hope can help improve lives of families. I know this is only the beginning of other economic opportunities that will be brought by the FDC Misamis Project.”
Two months hence, FDC Misamis and the Villanueva Municipality will conduct “Kamusta Na” to monitor the impact of the program on the beneficiaries. Graduates will be monitored and evaluated about how they have applied the skills they have learned to augment their family income.
“Parallel to our project implementation, we have initiated corporate social responsibility programs in the Municipality of Villanueva. In addition to livelihood training, we will implement programs relating to health services, education and environment in the near future,” says Mario Pangilinan, FDC Misamis Executive Vice President.
FDC Misamis, a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc., will build a 405 MW CFB coal-fired power plant in Phividec Industrial Estate, Municipality of Villanueva which is set for commercial operations by 2016.