Malou - Founder of the workshop

Malou – Founder of the workshop


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Victori

Supply chain

Tradin Partner: Victori Arts & Crafts, microenterprise
Function: producer
Structure: own production plant
Tradeway: Import via KINTA/NL


Houseware and living accessories made of acacia wood


City Bayambang, province Pangasinán, Luzon island, Philippines – distance to Europe: 10,00km

(Source: Google Earth)

Founded in 2017


  • Maria Lourdes de la Cruz Endriga, called Malou, has been working in wood processing production for 15 years; her last position was production manager at a wood workshop which has been working with the Dutch Fairtrade organisation Kinta for many years
  • 2017: Kinta encourages Malou and her husband Bobby to set up their own workshop by moving to the wooded province of Pangasinán and modernising an old chicken farm
  • 2021: investments in its workshop buildings, additional roofs

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2018

Structure of the business

Number of employees: 

  • Managing Director: Maria Lourdes de la Cruz Endriga, called Malou
  • 36 full-time employees (7 women, 29 men), who work alternately in different departments
    • In production: 7 women, 23 men
    • In quality control: 4 men
    • In administration: 2 men

Work environment:

For quality reasons, all production steps are carried out on the company premises, partly in open shelters.

The equipment and production processes in the different departments were inspected for safety.


  • Exports (100%) to Netherlands and Germany


Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress, workshop has just been founded, no visit of CONTIGO as yet


Fairtrade aspects

Victori 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 wages region Ilocos / province Pangasinán: PHP 350-500/day, depending on company size (PHP = Philippine Peso)
  • Salaries at Victori:
    • Un-skilled employees: PHP 356-500/day
    • Skilled employees: PHP 500-700/day
    • Employees in administration and quality control receive fixed salaries
    • Employees in production receive piece rated salaries
  • Weekly payment in cash
  • 13th monthly salary
  • Bonus payments
    • weekly incentive for the best in quality (PHP 500)
    • after finishing orders
  • Overtime is remunerated in accordance with statutory regulations (on working days: +25%, on holidays: +30%)

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • Regular breaks for snacks and lunch
  • 6 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Paid leave (15 days)
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accidents
  • Contributions to health insurance (Philhealth) and social security system (SSS)
  • Free accomondation
  • For new employees: travel expenses and (if required) cash advances
  • In case of emergency: advance cash payments for family matters
  • For a pleasant work climate: birthday cake, summer party, Christmas celebrations

Ocupational safety:

  • Work and safety clothing (e.g. breathing masks, face shields, gloves, safety glasses) are provided
  • All safety standards are met


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



  • Regular visits to Bayambang by the Dutch Fairtrade Organization Kinta


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Philippines


Author: Janina Lange on 16. November 2021

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