At least 100 residents of Barangay Guadalupe in San Carlos City attended the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP), last October 13.
Of the total participants, 15 are members of the Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan, Inc. (KAPATIRAN) while the rest are small business and potential entrepreneurs.
Engiemar B. Tupas, Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental said the activity is their strategy to inform residents of the programs and services of the DTI.
Tupas added that they partnered with OPPAP this year as part of the 2000 Peace Agreement between the government and the KAPATIRAN aimed at providing members with capacity building to elevate status within the society and benefit from the DTI programs.
He also encouraged the participants to register their respective business to DTI as legal proof for them to avail of more financial assistance from the agency. He also informed the participants on their consumer right and the functions of the DTI including the giving of assistance to possible investor and monitoring of price.
Melanie Bayabos, Junior Business Counselor of DTI- Negosyo Center in San Carlos also explained the basic entrepreneurship to the participants.
Also present during the activity were Jason Encinares, Peace Project Officer III and OPAPP Provincial Coordinator; Mia A. Aujero, Trade Industry Analyst; Gabriel I. Advincula, Senior Business Counselor III; Mio Andrew Barredo, Junior Business Counselor of DTI; and Barangay Kagawads Joel Palabrica and Rogelio Saquilabon of Barangay Guadalupe.