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CEMCDO Gives Free Livelihood Seminars

CEMCDO conducted a 3-day training seminar on financial management and simple bookkeeping for potential entrepreneurs last April 25, 2018.

Senior Officer for Tourism Division, Gregorio Dominic Velos said this tourism-led project aimed to empower Peoples Organization, establish community-based livelihood activities, preserve and conserve cultural heritage, promote ecotourism, and establish the area of Upper Labay as a tourist destination.

Head of the Enterprise and Special Cooperatives Division, Alma Zerrudo reported 40 members of Mabal Falnas Association, a women’s tribal group of Barangay Upper Labay, and 8 ALS coordinators from Barangay Batomelong in Katangawan joined the said activity.

All resource speakers were senior officers at CEMCDO’s Enterprise and Special Cooperatives Division. Resource Speaker Melvin P. Tolibas presented an overview of special cooperatives on the first training day at Upper Labay’s barangay hall. His discussion included general concepts, cooperative principles, cooperative types, the purpose of cooperatives, power and capacities, responsibilities, rights and privileges, and capital property and funds. The second day focused on starting a business. Resource speaker Adelyn Yucamco covered concepts of entrepreneurship, business identification, determining product and services, business plan preparation, business registration, and simple bookkeeping.

Allan C. Marcilla, Assistant Department Head of CEMCDO also spoke about the program for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and acknowledged all participants for their attendance and dedication.

Likewise, DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) Coordinator, Soraida Gulle was also present to lead the women association’s officials and members.  Gulle said, “We appreciated and thanked CEMCDO for giving us this free training that can benefit members in pursuing their goal to establish a Weaving Center that showcases the resiliency of the B’laan Women and their families”.

Moreover, DTI representative, Marvin Genita encouraged members to avail of future seminars and training to help them with information on what businesses they could start, apart from their job-hunting endeavors. He also discussed the community-based heritage project launched by Senator Loren Legarda whose goal is to strengthen the community enterprise and various related training organized by DTI Gensan through the Negosyo Center. The Negosyo Center is said to be placed soon inside City Hall’s Investment Action Center Building. #

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