CALAMBA, LAGUNA – The Department of Trade and Industry Laguna Provincial Office (DTI Laguna) in collaboration with Calamba Manpower Development Center (CMDC) and other partner agencies empowered the city scholars to be more economically resilient through a livelihood orientation program held last March 15, 2023.

The livelihood orientation was attended by two hundred fourteen (214) graduating Calamba City scholars who are enrolled in various skills training programs such as Bread and Pastry, Food and Beverage, Culinary Arts, Computer Aided Design, PC Operations, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Automotive Mechanic, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Building Wiring Installation, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Nail Care, Junior Beautician, Hairdressing, Haircutting for Men and Women and Hot Oil Treatment, Dress Making, English as Second Language and Contact Center Services. It aimed to empower the scholars through knowledge dissemination on various relevant matters, increase employability and develop practical skills for starting small home-based businesses, with the possibility of building local microenterprises.

OIC Provincial Director of DTI Laguna Mr. Christian Ted O. Tungohan graced the said event. Tungohan commended the City Government of Calamba, headed by Mayor Roseller H. Rizal, for initiating a remarkable program to help alleviate the life of its constituents. He also encouraged the scholars to nurture their acquired knowledge and pursue the life of an entrepreneur.

Among the topics learned during the livelihood seminar were the following: How to Start a Business, Entrepreneurial Mindset, How to Register a Business, and DTI Programs and Services.

Since the event was in conjunction with the celebration of the World Consumer Rights Day, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI Laguna Ms Monica Czarina F. Abarca discussed the eight consumer rights and five consumer responsibilities. “Well-informed consumers are well protected,” Abarca emphasized.

The Department of Labor and Employment, represented by Ms. Caria Cabiles, also graced the event. Cabiles taught the participants about the various program of the department such as the Integrated Livelihood Program.

Meanwhile, Department Head of City Social Services Office Ms. Celina D. Manabat lauded the continued collaboration between DTI and the City Government of Calamba in uplifting Filipino lives through entrepreneurship.

The abovementioned initiatives are part of the regular activities of DTI Laguna in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

Date of Release: 28 March 2023