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DTI-Abra champions CLEEP activities for small entreps

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (6 June) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has championed the implementation of the Comprehensive Local Emergency employment Program (CLEEP) during the first semester of 2009 with very minimal amount of funding.

In a report made by Provincial Caretaker Arell Baņez, CLEEP activities of the DTI-Abra centered on trainings to help the small entrepreneurs of Abra to capacitate and thild their capabilities to enhance their productivity and income generation.

With a minimal amount of P148,502.00, DTI-Abra had undertaken series of trainings for various project beneficiaries province-wide.

The entrepreneurial training on nursery and bamboo plantation establishment and maintenance conducted on March 11-12, 2009 and participated by 30 bamboo farmers had a training cost of P37,500.00.

The intensified marketing and promotion of Abra products especially the bamboo, it being the OTOP (One Town One Product) adopted by the province, through the conduct of the series of trade fairs here and outside of the province incurred only P22,910.00 It also promoted the use of bamboo and bamboo products during the First Abrenian Kawayan Festival. Bamboo and bamboo products were utilized in all the festivities like street dancing, games and parades where bamboo and bamboo products were utilized solely either as costumes or props in the presentations of the participants.

An amount of P80,000 was used in facilitating the conduct of strategic planning workshop and advocacy on e-bamboo in February. The workshop resulted to the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Bamboo for Life Foundation, Rotary Club of Makati Central and the Provincial Bamboo Development Council of Abra; and the drafting of the vision and strategies and action plan of the e-bamboo industry.

Other trainings conducted were on good manufacturing practices of 33 muscovado producers in Agtangao, Bangued; and the entrepreneurship development in February at Bulbulala, La Paz.

A CLEEP Roadshow in April was also conducted with 47 participants with P11,471.00 funding. Trainings on basic business operations and management; and skills training on novelty items utilizing raw materials from the locality like corn cob, stalks and husks, vines and assorted beans were also conducted during the roadshow.

The skills training on mango processing at Villa Mercedes, San Quintin was participated by 20 trainees had a fund of P18,000.

The latest of the series of trainings was in May at the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology in Lagangilang in collaboration with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the 41st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. Participants were the 20 former rebels who were provided basic trainings on how to start business and how to sustain said business they have identified. Fund assistance was only P1,531 since like in all the other trainings conducted, the collaborating agencies pitched in their own resources. The DTI simply provided the training materials.

In most cases, the trainees also contributed their own counterparts during the conduct of the trainings. This is in line with the government's effort to control spending to promote economic resiliency. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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