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PR Gaz: Empowering women in business

The role of women has considerably evolved over the years, and no one can argue that they now play bigger roles in society, with some becoming presidents, prime ministers and corporate bigwigs, taking on leadership roles that in the past were dominated by men. Today, women don’t just wait on their husbands to provide the needs for their family because they have discovered that they can also become more effective helpmates by venturing into the world of business.

This Women’s Month, PR Gaz pays homage to several women whose stories as successful PR Gaz franchisees are inspiring many others. Meet Priscilla Buenaventura, Anjanette Rico, Mariles Yap and Annaliza Pescayo.

Priscilla “Pila” Buenavantura acquired a PR Gaz franchise back in 2007 and was considered the first franchisee in the Bataan area. While she’s busy handling the business here, her husband Atoy works as an OFW in Saudi Arabia. The couple started out with a fish farm business but it didn’t work. Undaunted, they ventured into business once again, this time with a PR Gaz franchise. “Pag minsan kasi nagbabakasyon asawa ko from work, nauubos ang vacation pay. Walang income na pumapasok. Kaya gusto ko rin mag-business para makatulong at hindi idle,” Pila shares. She and her husband are satisfied with the business, noting that it even helped send their children to school.

Pila says managing the PR Gaz business boosted her self esteem and reinforced her belief in her ability as an effective career woman, having been an employee herself before marriage. “Nag-improve self-esteem ko especially since nasanay akong nagtatrabaho tapos biglang naging professional nanay. The business is something I can be proud of,” she says.

In the case of Anjanette Rico, she encountered an opportunity with PR Gaz in 2005 at a franchise show. Together with her then-OFW husband, Anjanette eventually acquired a company-owned store in Bacoor, Cavite as a franchise.  It has been over six years and the success of their business helped convince her OFW husband to stay in the country and help manage the business.  Anjanette takes care of the paper works while her husband handles the operations. With this experience also came precious insights.

Kahit pala nandito sa Pilipinas asawa ko, kaya pala namin. Noong nagkaroon kami ng business, mas marami kaming nagawa at mas panatag ka sa future kasi pag OFW ka, may contract. With PR Gaz, mahaba ang contract and if the business is doing good, walang problema,” Anjanette notes.

“I feel more empowered as a woman. May kakayahan pala akong mag-negosyo and hindi naman pala limited ang capabilities. May sense of fulfillment kasi lumalawak kaalaman mo. Ngayon may pakialam na ako sa economy kasi doon naka-base ang prices ng products. The business also gives me an opportunity to uplift the staff’s way of living,” she adds with understandable pride.

Mariles “Marie” Yap, on the other hand, manages two PR Gaz branches with her brother Rommel. In 2006, she opened her first outlet in C3 Road-Sgt. Rivera while the other one was opened in Mayon Street, Quezon City back in 2008. “I remember not knowing anything about PR Gaz. It was my brother’s idea and he was trying to convince me dahil may market na and it’s a basic necessity,” Marie recalls.

“It’s not easy to get into a business. Dati naririnig ko ang mga negosyante saying dugo at pawis ang puhunan, totoo pala!” she laughs. She admits that her foray into the franchising business through PR Gaz has been a learning experience.

“In as much as it is trying, it is also empowering. It’s fulfilling. Napatunayan ko sa negosyong ito na I can be patient because in this business, you will meet and deal with different kinds of people. I’m saying this as one with two franchise outlets since 2006. It’s worth it,” Marie declares.

Another lady who also tried her hand in the franchising business is Annaliza “Pinky” Pesayco. She, along with her husband Albert, decided to operate a PR Gaz outlet in Bacoor, Cavite in 2005 after attending a franchise expo. “We are very satisfied with the company’s support and vision. Since we were one of the first ones to get a franchise, nakita namin na maganda ang naging progress,” Pinky says.

Pinky takes on the paperwork, finance and accounting tasks in the business while Albert provides support on the operations and implementations of strategies for their business.

“Like any other woman in business, I feel empowered because I can make decisions on my own. You feel financially independent din kasi kumikita ka,” Pinky remarks.

The stories of Priscilla, Anjanette, Mariles and Annaliza simply prove that women have pivotal roles not only in the family but also in the world of business, an observation that PR Gaz COO for Franchising Siu Ping Par echoes. “To become a successful entrepreneur, one should have not only the skills but the heart and passion in running a business. The challenges and demands of being an entrepreneur can be multi-dimensional, and women, because of the various roles we play in society – as a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, or a friend, among others – are uniquely equipped for this. It is also for this reason that women can best fit the profile of an ideal franchisee,” she reiterates.

Any woman has the opportunity to become empowered and successful – and a good opportunity can be found with the help of PR Gaz. This March, discover your untapped potential and celebrate “Women’s Month”, contact (0917) 8177429 for more information on PR Gaz franchising opportunities.