El­derly grate­ful for rag mak­ing pro­ject

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /CNU I NTERN CHRIS­TINE JANE N. PALER

AN 80-year-old woman ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the liveli­hood skills train­ing pro­gram con­ducted by the Cebu Pri­vate Power Cor­po­ra­tion (CPPC) yes­ter­day at the Barangay Er­mita Mul­tiPur­pose Hall in Cebu City.

Catalina Gabutero said she was glad that rag sewing was in­tro­duced by the CPPC.

“Nakata­bang g’yud ni nako’g maayo ang trapo (Rags re­ally helped me a lot),” the el­derly said.

The CPPC Liveli­hood Skills and Train­ing Pro­gram on Rag Pro­duc­tion is im­ple­mented by the CPPC, to­gether with the Aboitiz Power and Vi­vant Power and in co­op­er­a­tion with Barangay Er­mita, to give home­mak­ers an op­por­tu­nity to earn ex­tra in­come.

The pilot pro­gram has 10 ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Gabutero has been work­ing as a tai­lor for five years.

Her hus­band died al- most 10 years ago.

De­spite her old age, she is still sup­port­ing her six chil­dren and 24 grand­chil­dren in their daily ex­penses.

“Panan­glit og wala na si­lay bawn, mag­tahi dayon ko og 100 kabuok trapo. Pila man­ang 100, P80 mana (If the chil­dren don’t have school al­lowance, I will then sew 100 rags, which are worth P80),” she said.

Gabutero works as a part-time sewer in the liveli­hood pro­gram. She starts sewing from 11 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. In an hour, she can sew around 50 pieces of rags.

Aside from sewing rags, she also owns a sari-sari store. Gabutero is also a mem­ber of their barangay’s garbage mon­i­tor­ing team.

With her tir­ing works and ef­forts for her fam­ily, she never com­plained thus, her faith­ful­ness to God pre­vails.

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