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DTI pushes entrepreneurship to create more jobs, income

Iloilo City (9 February) -- The Department of Trade and Industry 6 (DTI 6) is bent on its pursuit to promote entrepreneurship in the countryside to create more jobs and generate additional income through its project dubbed "A Responsive and Innovative Strategy for Entrepreneurship" (ARISE).

In line with the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP)of the national government, ARISE was formally launched in the region last January 27 which aims to create new entrepreneurs, create source of income for the unemployed and improve competencies of existing entrepreneurs.

The Project covers four components. These are Basic Entrepreneurship Training/Seminar, Business Idea Generation, Specific Assistance and Monitoring Evaluation.

DTI 6 Information Officer Ruby Melliza said the different provincial offices of the DTI in the region have started to conduct coordination meetings with the different agencies and organizations as well as local government units (LGUs)for the successful implementation of the project in their respective areas.

"Entrepreneurial trainings with some LGUs especially those in the countryside were already scheduled under the project," said Melliza.

It will be recalled that DTI Secretary Peter Favila expressed confidence that the underground economy will sustain modest gains in crisis, thus, DTI is now mobilizing the machinery to embark on a massive training and development programs on "how to start a business".

The "how to start a business" training will include instructions on how to write financial statements for those who lost their jobs because of the world economic crunch.

The effort is part of the department's response to the directive of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to all Departments to implement programs and projects that will generate employment to lessen the impact of the global economic meltdown early this year. (PIA) [top]

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