The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project is helping its local partners implement important interventions that accelerate economic recovery amid the continuing pandemic. Under the USAID-SURGE Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (WGDP), the SURGE Project together with its Local Government partners are providing technical assistance for business support to women entrepreneurs and other MSMEs to strengthen business resiliency and adaptability to the rapidly growing digital economy.


The SURGE Project together with City Government of Cagayan de OroGeneral Santos CityTagbilaran City and Globe myBusiness, cordially invite you to an on-line forum in celebration of the International Women’s Day entitled “Pinaypreneurs Rise to the Digital Challenge” which will be held on March 12, 2021 from 2:30 pm- 4:00pm.  This forum will bring together women helping women succeed in business.


As part of our ongoing effort to promote women entrepreneurial capacity building in our cities, we highly encourage women-MSMEs and women-managers to attend this event.  The proposed program is as follows:

           2:00 pm            Preliminaries/Introduction and Event Overview

           2:30 pm            Event Proper: Panel Discussion

         (1)   Ms. Eileen San Juan, Cagayan de Oro Trade and Investment Promotion

         (2)   Ms. Cathy Torremocha, Tagbilaran City Administrator

         (3)   Ms. Adelyn Yucamco, General Santos City Economic Management & Cooperative Development Office

         (4)   Ms. Willem Ma, CEO and President of Masuki Restaurant

         (5)   Ms. Roberta Abad-Estacion, Managing Director of Harem, Inc. (Strip and Browhaus)

           3:30 pm            Open Forum

           4:00 pm            Closing

The session will be held via Zoom that will require an internet connection. To register and join the session, please access the following link: