in photo: participants of Entrepreneurial and Consumer Education Seminar

Pakil, Laguna – Pursuant to the Republic Act Number 11469 also known as the Bayanihan Heal as One Act, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is tasked to conduct Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) to areas affected by COVID-19, especially the fourth to sixth class municipalities. This program will serve as the government’s assistance to the main catalyst of the economy, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Hence, DTI-Laguna, through the Negosyo Center Pakil, in cooperation with the local government unit (LGU) of Pakil, Laguna, conducted the entrepreneurial and consumer education seminar to Livelihood Seeding Program, as well as a workshop on the simplified action plan for the LSP beneficiaries on 31 August 2021, at the Brgy. Casinsin covered court, Pakil, Laguna.

It started with an opening prayer led by Joemarie Valizado, followed by opening remarks by Arnel M. Magpily. The seminar proper started with an orientation on DTI programs for SME development discussed by Negosyo Center Business Counselor (NCBC) Edelyn Aireen Munoz while the consumer protection services and consumer education was discussed by Marites V. Pantua.

Afterwards, NCBCs Adrimar A. Adriano discussed the topic on How to Start a Business for the morning batch to beneficiaries of barangays Banilan and Casa-Real. While NCBC Joemarie C. Valizado facilitated the same for the afternoon batch to beneficiaries of barangays Casinsin and Matikiw.

In addition, the participants of the seminar joined a workshop on how to come up with a simplified action plan which was facilitated by NCBCs Munoz, Valizado, Adriano and Danica Briones.

This activity has been a venue for Livelihood Seeding Program beneficiaries to learn more about importance of Consumer Protection Law, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities, Business Name Law and knowing the right way to Start a Business.

Furthermore, a total of 22 Business Name registrations and 24 Barangay Micro Business Enterprises have been facilitated. The four beneficiary barangays were also able to receive DTI LSP-NSB face masks and information, education and communication materials which they can share to other MSMEs situated in their respective barangays. ♦

Date of Release: 9 September 2021