Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women II (GREAT Women II)
Building on GREAT Women 1’s success, GREAT Women Project II, also otherwise known as Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Philippines, is a PhP 334.9-million project that was developed to provide a timely opportunity to improve sustainability, productivity, and competitiveness of women’s micro-enterprises and to continue enhancing the enabling environment for economic empowerment of women.
Under this project, a new module was developed for the Gender Responsive Value Chain Analysis (GRVCA) that factors in “greening” as a vital component in the development of women-owned and family-based SMEs.
DTI handles this project together with Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and private sector representatives.
DTI, as the lead implementing agency, has established a project management office based in DTI-Region IVA to coordinate and manage the implementation of the project nationwide.
GREAT Women 1 Project (GWP1) Outcome Assessment
As part of the initial steps in the preparation of the Outcome Assessment of the GREAT Women 1 Project, a coordinative meeting with regional and head office implementers to discuss the manner, conduct and schedule of filed assessment was held in October 2019. In October 25, impact assessment interviews with the Barugo Roscas Producers in Barugo, Leyte were organized. In the following month of November, an Impact Assessment session with DTI Camarines Sur and Focused Group Discussions in CAR, Quezon, Bohol, and Iloilo were also conducted.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2018
- Monitoring of Canadian-funded projects – coordinated the visit of Mr. Stephen Weaver to GREAT women micro-entrepreneurs as part of his official travel to oversee/monitor all Canadian-funded projects
- Provision of cluster materials – provided materials on coffee and cacao roadmaps as inputs to GWP2 Women Project Management Office (PMO) for the research on the proposed restructuring of the GWP2 project for 2018 onwards.
- GWP2 PMO-PMT Transition Meeting: For the project to take the sectoral approach in its implementation for 2018-2020 aligning to the industry clusters of DTI. The value added of the project is the integration of the gender principles in the cluster plans.
- DTI informed Project Steering Committee (PSC) regarding its discussions on the proposed priority industry cluster held with the National Industry Cluster Coordinators. She noted that DTI is waiting on the final list of priority regions and structure before cascading it to concerned Regional Industry Clusters.
- DTI expressed concern on the low number of women micro entrepreneurs enrollees in coffee and cacao industries and noted that there would be a more realistic number for these industries once profiles are completed and validated. DTI asked the body to allow it to complete and validate the profiles of the WMEs.
- WEE Project Inter-Agency Consultation Workshop where the following are discussed: Project Review and Assessment of Implementation in financial year 3; and Value Added of the WEE Project to target Regions per Industry Cluster as approved by the PSC.
- Identified 9 regions (CAR, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11) to be included under the Industry Cluster Approach. Selection was based on the WME enrolment, validated by NIC heads and agency partners and triangulated through consultation with private sector partners
- DTI identified regions will continue to implement its initiatives in support to WEE but will not anymore lead the convergence group.