Sandoval women engage in tailoring venture

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As part of its commitment to empower its partner communities, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) sponsored the training and certification of 25 women of Barangay Sandoval, Bataraza.

The Competency Training–National Certification (NC-2) on Dressmaking and Tailoring was given by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Margie Baban, President of Sandoval Dressmaking and Tailoring Association (SANDRETASSO) said they have been long waiting for the livelihood opportunity for women of Sandoval.

“Matagal na po namin gustong magkaroon ng dagdag na kabuhayan para sa mga kababaihan na ang madalas na pinagkakaabalahan ay ang pagiging house wife. Ngayon mas magiging abala na kami sa tahian.” said Baban

Barangay Captain Eddie L. Catague, during the culminating activity of the project, thanked RTNMC and CBNC for its continuing support for their community. He also added that if the mining industry will prosper in Palawan, they will sustain the project by providing additional funds as part of Social Development & Management Program.

“Maraming salamat sa management ng RTNMC and CBNC sa ganitong mga pambihirang pagkakataon na ibinahagi ninyo sa aming mga kababaihan. Kung magpapatuloy ang pagmimina at SDMP, itutuloy pa natin ito at papalakihin pa.” said Catague

As of now, they are getting small scale orders from different players and users in the community.

RTNMC and CBNC is planning to assist the group by providing continuous and additional training on project management, quality management and many others to ensure the project sustainability.

SANDRESTASSO is a DOLE-registered association and was formed and assisted by RTNMC-Community Relations Office