PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – In the Philippines, micro and small enterprises (MSEs) comprise the largest part of the industrial fabric – offering millions of people the chance to be employed and earn livelihoods. However, empirical evidence suggests that a large majority of MSEs never manage to develop significantly. To empower the organization and workers’ livelihood in Puerto Princesa City, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Region thru Palawan Field Office conducted one-day Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) cum Workers Organization Development Program (WODP) Training to 14 DOLE-registered workers’ associations on 02 April 2019.

The training conducted was based on the Competency-Based Economies through Formation of Enterprise (CEFE) which is a comprehensive set of training instruments designed to stimulate positive change in various development processes through experiential learning methods. 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 Basic Project Proposal Making, the Vision and Mission, Goals and Objective Setting, Values Clarification, Management, Marketing, Production and Financial Management. Workshops on project proposal writing, production, marketing and financial aspects were also tackled during the activity.

Business Plan Game was also applied during the for virtual simulation of real application of running a business. Furthermore, participants were also oriented about the documentary requirements to avail funding from the department. Once they have completed the needed requirements, DOLE will fund their project and further assist them in their necessary trainings to ensure the success of their business.

Puerto Princesa City PESO Manager Mr. Demetrio Lopez, Jr. delivered welcome remarks for the activity. As representative of DOLE Palawan Field Officer Mr. Luis B. Evangelista, Mr. Renell G. Mayo gave inspirational message to 50 participants from 15 associations and also discussed Basic Proposal Making, Management, Organizational and Production Plans. Ms. Ma. Socorro U. Marquez, Field Office livelihood focal, set the expectation of the workers and likewise tackled Business Plan 101, Business Plan Game and Marketing Plan. Last part of the activity focused on the preparation of financial report handled by Ms. Shawn Casandrabelle Amaris De Castro.

This first wave of EDT/WODP training in Puerto Princesa City is just one of the three activities planned to be conducted in Palawan for 2019; Northern Palawan Custer is tentatively set in Roxas while Southern Palawan Cluster will be held in Brooke’s Point.

End/Renell G. Mayo