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TESDA, Coca-Cola to give STAR scholarships to 40K women

About 40,000 women owning sari-sari stores and carinderias will receive scholarships training under the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with Coca-Coca Philippines.
STAR aimed to help uplift women’s livelihood through micro-retail business, TESDA said Friday.
It added that STAR would provide women access to business skills training, as well as access to business capital, assets and peer mentoring support.
TESDA noted that it targeted the distressed women, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and the wives of soldiers and policemen to be part of this program.
In 2016, more than 83,000 women micro-retailers benefitted from the STAR program nationwide. TESDA and Coca-Cola want to assist more than 200,000 women through the STAR program by 2020.
Meanwhile, TESDA and Coca-Cola participated in the “We Make Change Work for Women” Women’s Month celebration held Friday in Davao City.
Around 5,000 sari-sari store and carinderia owners in the Davao region also participated in the event.
Other groups present were the Philippine Association of Stores and Carinderia Owners (PASCO)-Davao City, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., Tagum City Council of Women, Inc., First Community Cooperative, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Reintegration Commission on OFWs (NCRO), Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Philippine Commission on Women. 

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