THE New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Cebu Chamber of Commerce
and Industry joined hands in
and communications technology (ICT) and life skills training for solo mothers in Cebu.
Over 150 solo mothers
acquired technical knowledge
and skills on ICT and other
skills in the areas of an entrepreneurial mindset, effective
communication, and customer service.
These solo mothers were
from various areas in Cebu
Province namely Naga, Cordova, Balamban, and Bantayan.
“We have been working
with the CCCI for years and
have seen the positive impact this project has made for
We hope that
as our solo mothers take the
next step, they continue to
build on their skills, develop their networks and share
their experience with other
women,” New Zealand Ambassador Peter Kell said.
The New Zealand government poured in P2.5 million
for this project.
With the grant
assistance, CCCI provided tablets and internet load cards
to the participants to support
them in their virtual training.
The implementation of
the project, however, took
a 10-month setback, originally set from June 2019
to September 2021, due to
the Covid-19 pandemic. The
format of the training shifted from face-to-face to virtual mode.
CCCI and the New Zealand
government also coordinated
with the Department of Information and Communications
Technology Visayas Cluster 2
office, local government units,
and CCCI chapters in the implementation of the project.
Kell said he was impressed at how these solo
mothers gained confidence
and became empowered because of the program.
He said by joining training, they have expanded their
opportunities to augment their
income and pursue their own
businesses, creating an alternative career path secondary and
complementary to parenting.
Elizabeth Ybañez, executive director at CCCI, said after
completing the training these
solo mothers landed jobs in
English as Second Language
where they became homebased teachers while some
joined the call center industry.
Others opened up their own
This latest project was
inspired by the successful
implementation of a smaller
program, the Entrepreneurial
Training for Young Unmarried Women in Cebu City in
2018, also a joint program of
CCCI and the New Zealand of
Embassy which graduated 23
Kell hopes this project by
the CCCI will be replicated in
other parts of the country.