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DTI Dumaguete offers livelihood, emergency employment to local, overseas workers

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City (18 June) -- Some 160 displaced Filipino domestic and overseas workers in Negros Oriental are expected to join the free skills training on fruit and root crop processing by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on June 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2009 to be held at the Techn0logy and Livelihood Development Center, Provincial Nursery Compound, this city.

DTI Information Officer May Liza Sevilla said part of DTI's contribution to Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) is this training to encourage said workers to see entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

The services that the department can provide to business start-ups include training on basic business skills, product and packaging design assistance, pricing and costing, market exposure, among others, Sevilla said.

Among the assistance CLEEP seeks to provide are product and design development, skills and entrepreneurial training, marketing assistance and introduction of appropriate technologies.

The DTI said it will seek the support of LGUs and NGOs for the projects, which are intended to provide sustainable livelihood and income-generating opportunities for the people, as well as create more entrepreneurs.

Schedule for the training here will start on June 18 for Mango Pickles, Mango Chutney, Mango Juice, and Mango Puree as module 1; on June 19; Papaya Salad, Mango Jam, Pineapple Jam for module 2; June 25, module 3: Camote Chips, Cassava Bibingka, Cassava Pudding and; module 4: Glazed Banana, Banana Catsup, and Banana Chips on June 26.

The DTI is bent on pursuing successful implementation of CLEEP, especially in the countryside.

Register now at the DTI office, 2nd floor Uymatiao Bldg, San Jose St. or at the TLDC office.

For further information, please call Chedette at tel nos. 2254781 and 4225509.

Meanwhile, The Philippines can tap 1 billion dollars to 1.5 billion dollars in Samurai funds within the year to help finance its projected P50-billion increased 2009 budgetary deficit and other pump-priming projects to sustain modest economic growth.

Samurai funds are proceeds of yen bonds that can be issued by international organizations, foreign corporations and foreign governments with a shorter maturity period and usually with a fixed interest rate.

The Japanese government earlier announced the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) will provide a guarantee of up to 500 billion yen to other Asian countries affected by the global crisis if they will issue yen-denominated Samurai bonds. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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