Supporting Women Micro-Entrepreneurs to Improve Women’s Economic Empowerment

Reporting Organization:Government of the Philippines - Philippines Commission on Women
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 8,000,000
Timeframe: January 21, 2015 - December 31, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Government of the Philippines - Philippines Commission on Women

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Philippines (the) - $ 8,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (40 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (36 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (18 %)

Environment & Climate Change (6 %)

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This initiative seeks to assist women micro-entrepreneurs in the food, clothing, and home-style sectors to successfully and sustainably grow their businesses. The project aims to help women entrepreneurs enhance their products and improve their productivity, marketing, and compliance with safety and business regulations and standards. It also aims to help them connect to domestic and global markets. The project works with key national government agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry, local governments and the private sector to make business development programs and services more environmentally sustainable and responsive to the needs of women entrepreneurs. The project expects to benefit approximately 12,000 women’s micro-enterprises, out of an estimated total of 46,000 in the relevant subsectors. The project also helps the Philippine Commission on Women to implement the Magna Carta of Women, a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against Filipino women, with a specific focus on women’s economic empowerment. As with all program based approaches, Canada works in close cooperation with other donors and the Government of the Philippines to strengthen its aid effectiveness, by focussing on effective, transparent, and accountable country systems; increasing donor coordination; and strengthening mutual accountability. The initiative fosters greater policy dialogue among donors, government, and private sector, thus contributing to long-term development results. This initiative is continuously monitored and evaluated in coordination with other donors through the joint government-donor Official Development Assistance – Gender and Development Network.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved competitiveness and sustainability of women’s micro enterprises; and (2) improved enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) 79 women micro-enterprises (WMEs) were provided with mentoring and facilitation of WME registration and certifications requirement; (2) 201 WMEs were provided with technical assistance in product development and upgrading/enhancement of production technologies; (3) 88 WMEs were provided with technical assistance in market development and expansion; (4) 579 WMEs were provided with capacity development on entrepreneurial management skills; (5) 38 enablers, including personnel from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and 8 staff from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) were trained on Qualified Personnel in Regulatory Affairs (QPIRA) and training on gender analysis; (6) 1 policy supporting WEE was introduced; (7) DOST issued an administrative order adopting the DOST Gender and Development (GAD) Kit; and (8) 541 WMEs were provided with assistance.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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