SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA— To engage the youth in entrepreneurship and help them cope up with the problem of massive economic recession, the Provincial Government of Laguna – Youth Development Affairs Office (YDA), in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Special Livelihood Office (SLO), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and the Association of Youth Development Officers of Laguna (AYDOL), launched the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) on 17 October 2020.

A total of 14 youthpreneurs were given Negosyo Packages each ranging from worth P2,000 to P5,000. These youthpreneurs have successfully finished a series of four webinars (How to Start a Business, Online Selling, Business Opportunities, and How Businesses Cope Up with the Pandemic) via Zoom conducted last 17 October 2020 to 28 November 2020. The awarding of Negosyo Packages held in Pagsanjan, San Pablo City, and Santa Cruz, Laguna, was held last 19 January, 3 February, and 8 February, respectively.

YEP, with its official tagline “Harnessing Our Own Resources for the Advancement of the Youth!”, supports the government’s growth agenda of doubling the number of entrepreneurs in the country by 2022 which, in turn, will broaden the gains of economic development, address inequality and uplift the quality of life of Filipinos, particularly the youth.♦

Date of Release: 17 February 2021