Livelihood Seeding Program - Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay participants in Mabitac, Laguna

MABITAC, LAGUNA — The Department of Trade and Industry – Laguna Provincial Office (DTI-Laguna) through the Negosyo Center Pagsanjan, in collaboration with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mabitac, launched the Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) for Barangay Officials and Barangay Development Council Personnel held at the Municipal Covered Court, Mabitac, Laguna, on 11 June 2021. Orientation on the DTI programs and services as well as the setting-up of the LSP-NSB desk was also conducted.

This activity is part of the LSP-NSB, which is a component of Republic Act Number 11469, popularly known as the Bayanihan Heal as One Act. This initiative seeks to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by natural and man-made catastrophes, including health disasters such as the coronavirus sickness, with a bundle of livelihood kits as well as business advisory help and services.

Mabitac Municipal Administrator Romeo Alarde sent his greetings to the attendees and organizers. Mr. Adrimar A. Adriano, DTI-Laguna Negosyo Center Business Counsellor, hosted the event and provided an outline of the capacity development activity’s relevance. He addressed the methods for establishing the NSB Desk, as well as an outline of the business plan drafting process for MSME start-ups.

In addition, Mr. Arnel Magpily, DTI-Laguna Senior Trade and Industry Specialist, emphasized the need of obtaining a business license as well as establishing a business name. He also introduced the various services that DTI-Laguna could provide for every business person, beginning with Business Registration on how to obtain business permits, Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) application and the benefits it could provide for each business, the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program – a small business course that provides assistance in product development, the One Town One Product (OTOP) program and trade fairs for marketing purposes and market linkages, and finally the priority industries that the DTI-Laguna is looking for in order to carry out all of these activities.

Ms. Monica Czarina F. Abarca, DTI-Laguna Trade and Industry Development Specialist, on the other hand, explained the responsibilities of DTI-Laguna’s Consumer Protection Division to everyone. Abarca also emphasized the services that they provide to consumers, particularly those who want assistance or have a complaint. She then stressed out every entrepreneur’s and consumer’s rights and obligations. She also discussed Price Monitoring, a program in which they monitor the prices of basic commodities to see if there is a sudden shift in price, as well as the accreditation for repair shops and the Diskwento Caravan for bringing reduced items.

At the end of the day, the program’s aim of strengthening and promoting additional barangay-based economic endeavors was emphasized. ♦

Date of Release: 29 June 2021