City rolls out training among MSMEs for Tindahang Pinoy Project

With plans to construct a show room now set in motion, the participation of the business owners who will be putting their products on display there is seen as a fact that is crucial to its success.

The first step undertaken by the City Government is to capacitate and empower these Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) owners is to instil in them the proper mindset and attitude needed so that their respective businesses will succeed.

The Entrepreneurial and Success Habits Training Workshop was held from October 9 to 10 to prepare the city’s MSME for the eventual opening of the Samar Tourism and Entrepreneurship Promotion Center (STEP C), a project of the Department of Trade and Industry under the “Tindahang Pinoy” Program.

STEP C aims to give a fighting chance to small and starting local businesses by providing them a space where they can display their products. Aside from these, they will also be given assistance through market research, product development and quality control.

However, all these will depend on the beneficiaries’ willingness to invest time and effort for these. The training – with topics like “Power Communication”, “Personality Preferences”, “Managing Conflict”, “Motivation Strategies”, “Personal Competencies”, “Knowing What One is Good at”, “Entrepreneurial Characteristics”, “Succeed in Business”, “Overcoming Obstacles” and “Power of Intention” – was supposed to address this concern.

DTI Provincial Director Meilou Macabare, Newlife Christian Center Pastor Louvelle Lapura and Broadcast Journalist Myra Tambor were the resource persons during this two-day training/workshop.

“Tindahang Pinoy” was among the poverty reduction projects that were identified through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process, which was formerly known as Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB). Catbalogan City was chosen as a beneficiary after meeting all of the requirements for project implementation, chief of these is having been an awardee of the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Other requirements which Catbalogan City was able to meet include: substantial progress in the implementation of its Public Financial Management (PFM) Improvement Plan, technical capacity to implement the project and the absence of unliquidated cash advances from participating agencies.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay; Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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