ORIENTAL MINDORO – Under the Workers Organization Development Program (WODP), DOLE OrMin trained 66 self-employed workers from different workers’ organizations in Roxas and its neighboring town of Bongabong on entrepreneurship development at the Municipal Conference Room, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro on March 21-22, 2019. The two-day training highlighted the key elements of a livelihood undertaking such as marketing, production, financial, and organization and management. This aimed to develop the participants’ capability to handle and sustain livelihood projects successfully towards building enterprises at the community level.

Engr. Juliana H. Ortega, DOLE OrMin Field Office Head, envisioned the same for the participating workers’ associations as her message was full of encouragement for the participants to exercise transparency, diligence and integrity within their respective associations.

Facilitating this training were staff from DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office such as Ramezes R. Torres, Mari-jo L. Cordova, Mary Ann B. Dudas and Lorraine V. Mayor. They adopted an adult learning method wherein participants were engaged in experiential activities such as practical games and mock selling which dominated their time during the whole duration of the training. Short lectures, on the other hand, enlightened them on theories and principles applicable on business undertakings.

Interestingly, personnel from potential accredited co-partners (ACPs) such as local government units and cooperative were also present to support those from the workers’ associations and to understand better the DOLE livelihood program under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP).

One of the participants, Joan Serrano Ocampo, President of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) of Brgy. Little Tanauan, commented: “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE at nadagdagan ang aking kaalaman kung paano ang pagpapalago ng pera sa kabila ng maliit na puhunan. Naappreciate ko po na isinasaalang-alang ang aming kapakanan bilang mga self-employed workers kasama na ang mga solo parents at PWDs. Nais po naming mas marami pang seminars ang maibigay ng DOLE at matulungan kami na makapag-avail ng livelihood assistance.” (I am deeply grateful to DOLE for the knowledge I acquired from the training, especially on how to establish livelihood business out of low capital. I appreciated that you give time and attention to us self-employed including the solo parents and PWDs. We hope more seminars are forthcoming and we can be assisted to avail of DOLE livelihood assistance.)

Towards the end of the training, the participants were engaged in a Business Writeshop which enabled them to prepare a rough draft of their livelihood proposals using the DOLE-prescribed template. Their final outputs will bring additional livelihood projects for DOLE funding this year.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova