Enterprises play a critical role in creating economic, opportunity and changing lives. Entrepreneurship has been considered the backbone of economic development. The myth that entrepreneurs can be created and nurtured through appropriate interventions in the form of entrepreneurship development programs.

To empower these entrepreneurs in improving their own businesses, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Region thru Occidental Mindoro Field Office conducted one-day Workers Organization Development Program (WODP) Training on 29 March 2019 at Sikatuna Beach Hotel and Restaurant, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

Attended by 32 participants from four (4) workers associations; the Samahan ng Inang Masikap, Sitio Tugtugin Women’s Association, San Jose Vendors Association, and Barangay Iriron Family Association, had successfully finished

The DOLE training team used the experiential learning approach to make the training more interactive and somehow enable the participants to learn through reflection on doing. Among the topics discussed are the Vision and Mission, Goals and Objective Setting, Values Clarification, Management, Marketing, Production and Financial Management. Workshops on production, marketing and financial aspects were also carried out during the activity.

Mr. Roderick F. Tamacay, Field Office Head of DOLE Occidental Mindoro Field Office stressed the significance of entrepreneurship for generating employment: alleviating people’s condtion and improving the wheels of business and industry. He also encouraged the entrepreneurs to sustain their livelihood so they could avail again another grant after three years.

Another highlights of the activity was the awarding of Kabuhayan Grant to the following associations and its nature of project:

Name of Association/ACP Name of Project Amount Granted No. of beneficiaries
San Jose Vendors Association Sari-Sari Store and General Merchandise PhP277, 500.00 50
Ambulong Fishermen’s Association Establishment of Baklad Pang-Tuna 285, 000.00 24
Barangay Iriron Family Association Establishment of Bakery 500,000.00 33
Local Government Unit of Rizal NegoKart 1,000,000.00 50
Total   PhP2,062,500.00 157

Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa DOLE dahil sa tulong na ipinagkaloob nila sa amin, bilang pagsagot sa hamon, ito ay sisikapin naming mapalago at hindi namin sasayangin ang tiwalang ibinigay ninyo sa amin.” (We are deeply grateful to DOLE for the livelihood assistance, in response, we will never lose the trust that you have given us and will make our endeavors more prosperous in return”) Mr. Elpidio Bautista expressed, a livelihood beneficiary.

End/Gener L. Francisco