BATARAZA, PALAWAN – On 29 September 2021, the DOLE Palawan Field Office trained 21 employees/union members of Rio Tuba Nickel Workers Union (RTNWU) from Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) on entrepreneurship development at the RTNMC Clubhouse, Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan. This is accomplishment is part of the department’s Workers Organization Development Program (WODP).

This one-day training highlighted the key elements of a livelihood undertaking such as leadership and management, marketing, production, financial and organizational management. This training is conducted to develop the capability of participants to handle and sustain livelihood projects as part of successfully building an enterprise. They were also trained on the aspect of safety and health, specifically on Occupational Safety and Health Standard (OSHS).

Palawan FO WODP Focal Person, Ms. Ma. Socorro Marquez, and Ms. Jerrylyn Alipoon, TUPAD Coordinator, facilitated this training. They engaged the participants in experiential activities such as mini-marketing games and mock selling. Participants were also trained in business write shop which taught them on the preparation of livelihood proposals using the DOLE-prescribed format. They will now be able to compose their livelihood proposals that they will be submitting the following year.

Mr. Marino S. Garado, Vice President of the Union, mentioned in his message of thanks that their group is fortunate for having attended this kind of training since he only known about WODP in 2015. He also thanked the department for teaching them something new specifically on leadership and management.

Workers Organization Development Program (WODP) focuses on strengthening trade unions and other workers’ organization by developing their capabilities to be able to perform their roles effectively and efficiently toward the promotion of trade unionism, workers’ empowerment and sound labor-management relations. WODP empowers workers through the provision of accessible information facilities as well as training, educational, technical, and livelihood assistance.