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DTI calls on people to aspire being businessmen, not job seekers

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (January 7) -- The key to prosperity and wealth is to become an entrepreneur, not an office worker.

Mike Nunez, Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), floated this challenging call this morning during the DYSL Kapihan sa PIA, the first kapihan forum of the new year held at the PIA office and aired live over DYSL-Sogod, where Nunez was the maiden guest.

"Instead of giving fare money for their sons and daughters to go to urban centers to look for work, how much would it be better if Parents encourage their children to be entrepreneurs," Nunez said.

He issued the same advice to students, urging them to be their own boss in a business venture that they are passionate enough to pursue, rather than join the long line of job hunters looking for office work.

Worse, the intense desire to have office-oriented postings has led many to ask for recommendations from political leaders, Nunez added.

The local DTI chief, however, admitted it is not easy to go into one’s own business, since many factors have to be seriously considered, such as the aspiration or willingness of the individual, financial capital, kind or type of business, and target market, among others.

Asked what kind of business he could recommend in the province for potential investors or business-minded local people, Nunez readily recited several options in the tourism industry and in the field of environment.

For tourism-related undertaking, Nunez said there is still a high demand for accommodation facilities like a ten-room lodging inn, sea or land transportation for whistlestop tour along sight-seeing routes, and souvenir shops that sell T-shirts, delicacies, or novelty items.

He cited the natural forest in Silago, in which some 5,000 hectares of natural grown trees -- whose trunks have to be encircled by five persons on outstretched arms -- as a sure hit among nature lovers, or any visitors to wonder in awe and shock.

In agriculture, there are plenty of economic possibilities, although he was not able to elaborate for lack of time. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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