SORSOGON CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has chosen Sorsogon province, through an organized local business group, as the summer time host in Bicol for the holding of its national program for countryside development dubbed “Work on Wheels (WoW) Go Negosyo Caravan.”
The program, according to DTI Sorsogon provincial director Leah Pagao on Friday, will provide hands on knowledge on how to make two to three-year-old business enterprises globally competitive and how to start for those who intend to put up small and medium range business enterprises.
Slated in the province, particularly in this provincial capital on May 19-20 this year, Pagao said the Caravan is President Benigno Aquino III’s enabling mechanism to inspire local and countryside development through opening opportunities to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in accessing national government-initiated programs.
It would also promote the 3Ps which is the public- private-partnership in economic development and encourage more productivity in the rural communities, the DTI provincial chief said.
All the activities involving the Caravan will be in close coordination between the DTI and the Sorsogon provincial SME Development Council (SMEDC), a local group of business entrepreneurs which is working on the mustering of 500 participants coming from various sectors like graduating students from business courses, women’s organizations and cooperatives.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on the other hand has committed 50 participants coming from the beneficiaries of their livelihood assistance project in the province who were provided with capital and other help in putting up their own small business ventures.
Marilyn Luzurriaga, DOLE’s provincial officer, said it will be helpful to these beneficiaries of their program to have a working knowledge on the several modules that will be provided by the Caravan such as access to finance, productivity and efficiency and green manufacturing.
“We will try to share the benefits of this program to our people and the SMED council will assist them access capitalization” SMEDC president Cita Hababag said, adding that she wanted to inspire the women into venturing in successful businesses following her example of starting through hard work and close networking with DTI and government banks.