PATAMABA LAUNCHES FAIR TRADE MARKETING
In connection with its Oxfam-supported project “Strengthening
the Marketing Network Towards Fair, Just, and Sustainable Trade,”
PATAMABA has embarked on a series of activities on its own as well as
in partnership with the Fair Trade Alliance (FTA).
Two seminar-workshops have been conducted so far on the theme “Women,
Youth and Trade In the Face of Globalization,” both held at the
Overlooking Resort, Antipolo City, May 28-30 and June 18-20. Participants
included Natio-nal Executive Committee mem-bers as well as women and youth
leaders from the project sites in Metro Manila, Rizal, Baguio, Bicol,
Pangasinan, and Tarlac.
Research-based inventories of products and producers in the project
sites are being com-pleted, using value chain and gender analysis.
As part of its overall effort to facilitate marketing of PATAMABA-produced
goods, the National Marketing Committee is now maintaining a permanent
stall at the WOW Philippines center in Intramuros, Manila, a landmark
project of the Department of Tourism.
PATAMABA CELEBRATES 14TH ANNIVERSARY
Some 500 members of PATAMABA attended its 14th anniversary celebration
held at the Occupational Health and Safety Center (OSHC) 5 May . The occasion
highlighted the following theme: “Informal Workers – Be Active,
Engaged, and Vigilant to Ensure Clean and Honest National Elections for
the Interest of the Working People. “
The celebration commenced with a motorcade cum leafleteering from the
monument of national revolutionary hero Gat Andres Bonifacio in Caloocan
City to OSHC in Quezon City.
Aside from a song and dance contest on the theme, as well as the awarding
of certificates of excellence in organizing, training, networking, and
project management to outstanding chapters, the gathering also approved
resolutions rejecting the negative effects of globalization, and promoting
international solidarity among working people.
Messages and discussions during the Congress focused on the effects
of the continuing economic crisis on workers in the informal economy,
and the impact of widespread electoral cheating on the nation’s
PATAMABA Holds Fifth Congress
PATAMABA held its 5th Congress in the presence of more than 400 delegates
from various provinces last May 5 at the Occupational Health and Safety
Center, Quezon City.
During the Congress, the delegates elected a new national council and
approved documents that would lead to the transformation of PATAMABA from
a national network not only of homebased workers but also of all informal
workers, including vendors, small transport operators, construction workers,
The ten-point agenda guiding the new PATAMABA three-year program for
2003-2005 includes strategies towards more integration of gender concerns,
environmental sustainability, and new communications technology in PATAMABA’s
work. PATAMABA will also focus more on social protection and on economic
empowerment by strengthening its marketing network and microfinance programs.
Five More Computers
from UNIFEM Philippine Committee
During ceremonies held in the presence of UNIFEM Executive Director
Noeleen Heyzer at the Manila Golf Club 28 January, the UNIFEM Philippine
Committee headed by Georgitta “Beng” Puyat formally turned
over five more computers to PATAMABA to strengthen its computer literacy
and connectivity program.
Previously, the Committee had already turned over three
computers in PATAMABA communities in San Francisco, Bulacan, Bulacan;
San Vicente, Angono, Rizal, and Balingasa, Quezon City in the presence
of local government officials. In these communities, PATAMABA has already
conducted basic training in computer use, e-mail, and internet connection
for homebased women workers and youth.
The newly donated computers are intended for the National Office as well
as PATAMABA chapters in Baguio, Bicol, Davao, and Laguna where training
is being conducted in partnership with WINNER-TIPS.
PATAMABA Youth Advocates Against
Through a small grant from the UNIFEM HIV-AIDs Office in India, PATAMABA
youth are now engaged in awareness raising and advocacy work on adolescent
reproductive health and sexuality issues.
The PATAMABA HIV-AIDS project for youth involves the conduct of trainers’
training and the production of modules which is being implemented in coordination
with the NGO HASIK.
It will culminate in the piloting of awareness-raising seminars in three
provinces: Bulacan, Rizal, and Camarines Sur.
NETWORKING FOR COMPUTER LITERACY
PATAMABA's relations with the TIPS-WINNER team took a high note with
the recent turn-over of computer hardware with accessories and with
access to Internet to leaders and members of PATAMABA Region VI during
ceremonies held in Carles, Iloilo 25 January.
The team behind TIPS, which stands for Technological Information Promotion
System, has a current project called WINNER (Women in the New Network
for Entrepreneurial Reinforcement) funded by the United Nations Development
Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Under Project WINNER, 68 PATAMABA leaders and members in Metro Manila
were able to attend training sessions on e-commerce and international
TIPS-WINNER trainers (Dina Baltazar, Gemma Mesina, Noemi Banawa, Fe
B. Zulueta and Vincent Avena) extended their services to PATAMABA Region
VI where they conducted training sessions coinciding with the computer
turnover last January.
The computer hardware is now stationed at the PATAMABA regional office
which is located at the municipal hall of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo through
the auspices of the Sta. Barbara Municipal Council.
On hand to give inspirational messages during the turnover ceremonies
were Mayor Isabelo Maquino and Municipal Councilor Rudy Marcelo of Sta.
Barbara, Iloilo. Yolanda Porschwitz, provincial director of the Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Capiz, delivered
the main address.
by Primar S. Jardeleza and
On 18-28 September 2005, two PATAMABA (Homenet Philippines)
leaders and Homenet Southeast Asia secretariat members (Primar Jardeleza
and Lourdes Gula), participated in a Trainerís Training on
Gender-Responsive, Transformative Leadership and Politics within the
Framework of Building Transformative Communities. Said undertaking
was organized by the Center for Asia-Pacific Women In Politics (CAPWIP).
Building Transformative Communities (BTC) as a conceptual
framework encourages civil society groups to band together at the
community level to own governance and politics once again as a matter of
right; define their own agenda for development and select their own
leaders that will lead in the implementation of this agenda, elect them
into office, hold them accountable for their actions and support them.
The use of the rights-based approach advances broad based and meaningful
participation in governance and the mainstreaming of gender concerns in
development processes and interventions.
Thirty two participants from the Asia-Pacific Region (Ethiopia,
Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia,
Vietnam and Philippines) actively participated and shared meaningful
experiences as leaders and community organizers.