Five employees from the ERDB namely: Ms. Ma. Theresa Valencia, Ms. Lea Domasig, Ms. Marita Briz, Ms. Emma Paunlagui and Mr. Alexander Borja attended the "Testimonials on Women Economic Empowerment through Science and Technology" (TWEEST) Forum and Trade Fair on March 30. 2015 at the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD), Los Banos, Laguna.


The PCAARRD conducted the Forum and Trade Fair in celebration of the Women's Month. During the program, Dr. Danilo C. Cardenas of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Administration, Resource Management and Support Services (ODED-ARMSS) gave the opening remarks. The activity highlighted the importance of economic empowerment of women especially in the microenterprises.

Entrepreneurs involved in agriculture and aquatic enterprises shared their experiences on how they became successful entrepreneurs. The following women had their testimonials, Ms. Susie Duasi, representative of Ms Perla Escaba, owner of Escaba Food Products, Ms. Benigna Marasigan, a member of Rosario Dairy Raisers Association who sells buffalo dairy products, Ms. Zarah Jane D. Juan, owner of Green Leaf Eco Bags, Ms Sherill R. Quintana, Founder of Oryspa Spa Solutions Inc and Mr. Felimon San Juan Jr, the only male entrepreneur who shared his business experiences in raising Feliza Woodworks/ ARGYLE.

All the guests also testified how DOST and PCAARRD helped them through the aspects on financial, marketing and technical assistance. At the end of the program, sample products from the guests were raffled to all the participants. Lea B. Domasig, TTD