2011 Outstanding Micro-entrepreneur of Naga City

May 28, 2012

Photo of Ms. Fe Carranza
Photo of Ms. Fe Carranza
In one of the training on results-based management, monitoring and evaluation I conducted for the GREAT Women Project of the Philippine Commission on Women, I met one extraordinary woman entrepreneur by the name of Fe Buangin Carranza, 50, a polio victim since the age of 3, who has been awarded 2011 Outstanding Micro-entrepreneur of Naga City.  I conducted the training on monitoring and evaluation for the Metro Naga Development Council on March 28-30, 2012 at the Avenue Square Hotel in Naga City.  On the weekend after the training I decided to visit this outstanding lady entrepreneur of Naga City.

FABCARR Food Products, Panicuason, Naga City

Fe Carranza at one time was president of the persons with disabilities in Panicuason, Naga City.  One time when she was bringing some goods to employees of the city hall of Naga, Atty. Leni Robredo,  wife of former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, who was then the president of the Naga City Council of Women (NCCW), took notice of how Fe started the engine of her motor tricycle, that is, by kicking the starter with her left foot so that she is facing the back of the motorcycle.  This is because her right foot was the one stricken with polio.  That was the story of NCCW’s facilitating support from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to provide her with technical assistance for her soya production.

Fe’s soya production started simply in 2004 when some college students from Infanta, Quezon did some study visit in Panicuason but got stranded by a typhoon. The students came to her house and asked to stay for a while until the typhoon had passed.  In gratitude one of those students who knew how to make tofu or “tokwa”, taught her how to prepare soya beans in making tofu.  With the new skill that she has learned from those students she began a tofu business.

The Grow Negosyo program of the Naga City local government was also instrumental for the success of Fe’s food business by facilitating technical skills and linking her to potential clients. Today she is now supplying soya bread and chilled “taho” to some 29 schools in Naga City under a contract with the Naga City Local School Board, and in 27 Barangay Day Care through a contract with the City Nutrition Council.  She has generated jobs for more than ten workers by her micro-enterprise which she named FABCARR Food products – the acronym for her name.  Aside from nutritious soya bread and chilled taho, FABCARR also produces soya milk, soya choco, soya coffee, tofu, and a soya beans-based vegetable meat called soya ham.

Prior to her Soya food production business, Mrs. Fe Carranza, who finished only high school, engaged in a buy-and-sell business in Navotas, Metro Manila, as a wholesaler of vegetables and maintaining a small stall in a private market.  Unfortunately with her absence at home her husband, who was a driver for a Filipino-Chinese businessman, had strayed for a while, and so she decided to go back to Panicuason to take care of her four children and to rebuild her family from the setback caused by her estranged relationship with her husband.    That was how she got involved with the PWD of Panicuason and then the tofu making prior to the DOST.

The DOST assisted Fe to put up the FABCARR Food Products in 2011.  Then the NCCW linked her up with the local school board, as well as with the nutrition council of Naga City.  When her soya production picked up she asked her estranged husband to get back home to lend a hand.  Her husband’s employer would not let go of him though and even increased his salary, but in the end he was able to negotiate with his employer for an on-call basis arrangement.  Now Fe’s husband is happily assisting her in the business.

In 2010 Fe was awarded as the happiest Nagaeña or resident of Naga City by the NCCW.  Today she is being nominated as the happiest Filipino by the Metro Naga Development Council.

What is her secret?  Perseverance and hardwork, she says, and faith in God.  Of course she is happy with the assistance from the local government of Naga City through the Naga City Council on Women and the LGU’s Grow Negosyo program, the Metro Naga Development Council, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Trade and Industry, the GREAT Women Project of the Philippine Commission on Women, and the local Adventist Church where she is a member and whose encouragement inspired her to continue to build her dream for her family, and to show to the world that physical disability and personal setbacks can be overcome.  (end)

[1] Adapted from “A Tale of Two Women: Stories from the GREAT Women Project” (GREAT means “Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women”)

[2] Philip Emmanuel C. Peñaflor, is an independent monitoring and evaluation consultant, currently assisting the GREAT Women Project of the Philippine Commission on Women (philip.penaflor@gmail.com).

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Hosts Web ACcess Workshop for COMELEC

April 17, 2012

Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG), NCDA’s online advocacy group on web accessibility,  represented by its President and MCCID Institute of Technology Training Director Mr. Jojo Esposa,  as  Resource Person,  shares hands-on techniques to make websites accessible to persons with disabilities .

















IFES Philippines’ Project Officer Ms. Mae Butoy  warmly  welcomed everybody to fast break  COMELEC’s “PWD-friendly” website for  disability-inclusive elections.  Held for COMELEC’s IT Team at the Bayleaf Intramuros on March 22, 2012, this was in tandem with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG).

NCDA-Technical Cooperation Division Chief Nelia de Jesus thanked IFES Coordinator Mae Butoy for sponsoring the training that gave momentum to COMELEC’s initial efforts to bolster registration of voters with disabilities.  This year, the Council will hold similar workshops for other GOs and selected LGUs, to expand web accessibility of citizens with disabilities to government’s programs and services.

Bus Operator suspends employee for discriminating a Person with Disability

February 8, 2012

In a letter to NCDA dated January 27, 2012, Dalin Bus line, Inc owner, Romeo Dalin Gaffud expressed his apologies for the discriminating treatment of his employee towards Ms. Trinidad C. Agguid of Bambang Nueva Vizcaya.

Mr. Gaffud also stated that the employee involved in the case was already suspended and that his company already took appropriate actions to comply with BP344.

NCDA is commending Dalin Bus Line for their immediate action on the complaint.

Below is the scanned copy of the letter.


Letter from Dalin Bus Liner
Letter from Dalin Bus Liner



Accessibility Audit in Butuan City

July 25, 2011

Accessibility Audit in Butuan City

June 13, 2011. The National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) Regional Program Coordinator Flerida Labanon, together with focal persons from The Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA) Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga  and different member-agencies visited the  Butuan City Hall to conduct an accessibility audit  of the Building to ensure that the Local Governemnt of Butuan complies with BP 344 or the Accessibility Law,

An act to enhance the mobility of disabled person’s by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.

The team met with City Administrator Leah Mendoza to discuss how they can work together to make the Butuan City hall accessible. (PIA-Caraga)

(Please see Caraga-E-news service)

Cebu Province declares JULY as “Persons with Disabilities Month”.

June 21, 2011

The Cebu Province has passed Ordinance NO.2011-02 declaring the month of July of every year as “Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Month” in Cebu. Authored by Board Member Arleigh Sitoy, the ordinance seeks to advocate the triumphs as well as the plight of our Filipino PWD brethren. The City Council in partnership with the Cultural, Historical, Sports and Tourism (CHEST) of Cebu has prepared entertainment and sports activities for Persons with Disabilities as part of the yearly celebrated Mandaue fiesta Celebrations. 

For full text of ordinance please click links below:

Ordinance No. 2011-2 p.1

Ordinance No. 2011-2 p.2

Ordinance No. 2011-2 p.3

Consolidated Mandaluyong City PWD Profile

October 7, 2010

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