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2 Cordillerans made it to Top 20 innovative women-led enterprises in PH

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Baguio City, Philippines – Two women-led enterprises in Cordillera have a chance to win P5 million grant after securing a spot in the Department of Science and Technology’s search for the most innovative women entrepreneurs.

Launched in 2021, DOST - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development’s Women-Helping-Women: Innovating Social Enterprises (WHWise) program provides women social enterprises access to technology, early-stage funding, and customized gender-focused support.

Five talented women entrepreneurs from various provinces in the Cordillera represented the region and pitched the challenges they face and their aspirations for their respective communities during the National Innovation Challenge - Search for Innovative Women Entrepreneurs in the Regions held on June 23-24, 2023 in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, DOST – CAR stated.

The five national qualifiers were earlier awarded a P50,000 cash prize each for winning at the regional level.

On Monday, June 26, the regional science and technology department announced two of the five enterprises made it to the Top 20 - Iloisa R. Diga of Northern Roots Session Groceries Inc. of Benguet and Marivic Aguirre of Agguimangan Agro Eco Tourism Farm of Pudtol, Apayao.

Diga provides a platform for farmers to market their produce, as well as adding to the nation’s drive to secure a healthy, sustainable, and local food supply for generations to come, while Aguirre has a continuous mission for the revival, revitalization, preservation, and promotion of Yapayao culture through fabrics and handicrafts.

As to their prize, the two received a plaque of recognition and P100,000 each.

“Being a part of the Top 20 is a testament of their hard work, dedication, and innovative spirit in pursuing their goals in uplifting women entrepreneurs in their own communities. Their efforts are truly commendable, and their commitment to creating positive change in society should serve as an inspiration to all,” said DOST – Cordillera in a press release.

The department further commended all those who represented the region in the said scheme, saying they are all winners.

Diga and Aguirre have the opportunity of being shortlisted for the maximum of a P5 million grant.


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