South Korea’s Keimyung College University donates sewing machines to Sibunag in Guimaras

Online turn-over ceremony (Photo credits to Keimyung College University)

– Turn over and inauguration ceremony was held online on August 6, 2021
– Promotes knowledge sharing between Philippine and Korean institutions through Global Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) program

Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Manila, the Commercial Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, and Keimyung College University held an online turn-over and inauguration ceremony of 34 sewing machines on August 6, 2021, via Zoom. The online ceremony was co-organized by the Municipality of Sibunag and attended by more than 50 people from the Municipality, Association of Barangay Captains, Women Federation Officers, and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT) Federation Officers.

KOTRA, a South Korean government agency promoting trade and investment between the Philippines and Korea, also supports the Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project. Through various types of CSR activities, KOTRA not only creates business opportunities for companies but also helps to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while contributing to social development, human resource training, environmental improvement, etc.

Hon. Annabelle V. Samaniego, Mayor of Sibunag congratulated this turnover and inauguration ceremony and saying that “34 sewing machines from Keimyung college university by KOTRA global CSR project would be of great help in empowering women. Also this project could provide them livelihood assistance and make them more productive especially during this time of the pandemic.”

Keimyung College University was selected as participating organization of CSR project from KOTRA last year, but this donation had been postponed due to the pandemic. Instead of dispatching specialists for training session, this university made a tutorial video and provided a budget in order to improve sewing facilities. The President of Keimyung College University, Mr. Seung-ho, Park, said “this donation of 34 sewing machines would help Philippine women in terms of technical education and skill development and we will plan to sign sister organization agreement with the Municipality of Sibunag for continuous support.”

Mr. Myongsoo Kim, Director General of KOTRA Manila, added,”Unfortunately, I could not attend the ceremony under ECQ, but I believe that this donation would contribute skill development of the locals and increase incomes. Starting from this donation, this will lead to not only exchange of techniques and skills, but also people-to-people exchanges.”

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