Judith Lorna

Capiz production at Judith Lorna

Capiz production at Judith Lorna


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Judith Lorna

Supply chain

Trading Partner: Judith Lorna
Function: Producer
Structure: Cooperation with associated producers
Tradeway: Import via KINTA/NL


Handicrafts made of meliaceae (Mahagony family) and gmelina wood

Decorations made of capiz shell

Upcycling products made of papier- mâché


Cebu to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Cebu to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

City district Busay in Cebu City, Philippines – distance to Europe: 10,700m

Founded in 2013


  • Judith Lorna Ypil graduated from the University of San Carlos in Cebu with a bachelor’s degree in economics
  • She has over 25 years of professional experience in industry, export, international markets and their requirements
  • 2010-2013: Judith Lorna Ypil works as the managing director at CONTIGO partner Capiz Shell (this company was closed at the end of 2018)
  • 2013: Judith Lorna Ypil leaves the company due to economic and personal changes and founds her own business as a coordinator for various producer groups in the Cebu region. In the private house of the Ypils, the lower floor serves as a material and warehouse.
  • Since 2015: Judith Lorna Ypil is supported in business by her husband and her daughter
  • 2016: Expansion of the product range to include decorative and household articles made of papier-mâché; the production workshop is integrated into Judith Lorna’s private house

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2014

Structure of the business

Number of employees in the main workshop:

  • 7 full-time employees (4 woman and 3 men)
  • 3 part-time employees (2 women and 1 man)

Departments and working areas in the main workshop:

  • Central coordination of production, purchase of raw materials, quality control, warehousing, labelling and export for different small producer groups in Cebu
  • Product development and sampling of new product ideas for „sub-contractors“
  • Daily visits and meetings with the groups

Work environment: 

  • Office, warehouse and workshop within the private house of Judith Lorna Ypil
  • One floor as an appartment with free accommodation for employees with a long commute

Cooperation with producer groups outside (so-called „sub-contractors“)

Cooperation with 3 workshops for gmelina and mahagony wood products:

  • Bonifacio Amaya – wood processing company with a total of 7 workshops
  • Oliver de los Angeles – workshop with 6 employees
  • William Cabanero – workshop with 1-2 family members

Cooperation with 3 workshops for Capiz products:

  • Siony – handicraft business with 10 permanent employees and 10 part-time employees for Capiz decorations and home accessories
  • Aurelio Cabrera – family-run business with 5-6 artisans, production of hand made capiz lamps
  • Junriel Sucalit – workshop with 3 employees for Capiz home decorations

Cooperation with single artisans who are specialised in the production of different product parts or separate production steps (patterns)

These external workshops:

  • receive either the raw materials (when required) or an advance payment to buy these
  • price per unit is agreed with Judith Lorna Ypil (depends on production time and level of difficulty)
  • Cash payment after delivery of products
  • Regular visits, (if required) trainings and supervision of all production processes by Judith Lorna Ypil


  • Exports (100%) to Netherlands, Germany



  • To offer long-term perspectives and secure incomes for the artisans and their families: quality and innovation is the requirement and the main focus to a prospering and continous trade relationship
  • To expand product range with more upcycling products
  • To increase the production capacity to meet the increasing orders of various export products

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with Judith Lorna Ypil: She symbolises a strong and reliable bridge between the different workshops in Cebu and the consumers in Europe. With her long-standing experiences and her skill for networking, she perfectly unites organisation, product competences and social commitment.


Fairtrade classification

FTA= Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

Judith Lorna Ypil complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV.

Fair wages

  • Minimum wage in the Cebu region; for companies with 10 employees or less: PHP 376/day (PHP= Philippine Peso)
  • For Judith Lorna Ypil´s employees: 
    • Fixed salaries, depending on area of responsibility between PHP 385 – 400/day
    • Plus: Travel allowance are covered (PHP 150/week)
  • Weekly cash payment
  • Voluntary bonus payments after completion of large orders, for good work performance and on birthdays
  • Judith Lorna Ypil pays her permanent employees the statutory remuneration:
    • Payment of a 13th month’s salary
    • Overtime is remunerated in accordance with statutory regulations

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 2 breaks for snacks, 1 hour break for lunch
  • 6 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Payment of contributions into the statutory insurances:
    • Health and social insurance (Philhealth and SSS)
    • National pension fund „pag-IBIG“ (= Home Development Mutual Fund, loans for housing or other multipurpose loans)
    • Judith Lorna Ypil pays both employer and employee contributions
  • Voluntary by Judith Lorna Ypil: 
    • Paid leave (17 holidays and recreation days), continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accidents: due to her company size with 10 employees, Judith Lorna Ypil is exempt from the legal regulation to pay holidays or sick days, she grants it nevertheless
    • If required: financial support for medical treatment costs
    • Free meals (two snacks and lunch)
    • Free accommodation for employees with a long journey to the company

Educational opportunities:

  • Training of employees in new techniques
  • Participation in external seminars

Occupational safety:

  • All safety standards are met
  • Working and protective clothing are provided


  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO



  • Personal visits in Cebu City (2016)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Philippines



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Author: Janina Lange on 28. January 2021

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