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DOLE holds basic business management seminar for displaced TI workers

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (14 February) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Cordillera, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-CAR held a Basic Business Management Seminar on February 11, for displaced workers of Texas Instruments (TI).

There were 36 participants that attended the seminar, 34 of them were from TI, while, the other two were displaced Overseas Filipino Workers from Macau. The seminar includes an orientation on Basic Business Management provided by DTI and a presentation from TESDA on viable livelihood activities and skills training for self-employment.

There were also lectures and life-sharing in the afternoon, with Mr Jack Dulnuan, owner of Jacks Restaurant, giving personal views on the field of restaurant business, Ms Leonarda Capuyan on the garment industry and Mr Michael Del Rosarion on hotel and grocery business.

According to Ms Malou Bala of DOLE, out of the 411 displaced workers from TI, 70 registered with them for the said seminar, though only 34 showed-up.

DOLE-CAR Assistant Regional Director Atty. Sixto Brillantes explained that after the seminar, the participants, after screening, can be given skills training or capability building, that are suited to them. If they wish to go into a business, as a group or individually, DOLE will give them appropriate assistance or referral, after they meet the requirements and depending on their business proposal.

In related news, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in her speech during the Multi-Sectoral Jobs Summit at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang Monday, underscored the need for the government, business and labor sectors to work together in order to weather the adverse impact of the global economic crisis. According to the President, this is a time for the three sectors to join hands by not neglecting those who feel the hardships of the global downturn, especially firms under strain and workers facing layoffs.

The President also laid out some specific measures and actions to help and assist displaced/retrenched workers and this includes: the condonation of the Social Security System (SSS) on penalties and surcharges on loans of affected workers; the establishment of stand-by fund by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for displaced seafarers and land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs); and the implementation of training programs, training interventions specifically targeted for workers displaced as a result of the global financial crisis at the community level. (PIA) [top]

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