As part of their corporate social responsibility and in its effort to uphold the welfare of some wounded soldiers and their families, the Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV), tapped the services of the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI) to hold a seven-day “Start Your Own Business Course.” The said course was conducted on October 2-4 & 9-12, 2018 in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. Eight participants came from the First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) and twelve were from the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), for a total of twenty graduates.
The training program capacitated the participants with entrepreneurial motivation and confidence, as well as management skills in running a small business. Five business plans for bakery, water refilling station, convenience store, school supplies, and barber shop were submitted and presented as their major output from the training. At the end of the program, the participants were very thankful for learning a lot of new concepts that they may use not only in business but also in their everyday lives.
In his closing message, Prof. Rolando Ramon C. Diaz, Head of the UP ISSI’s Training and Entrepreneurship Education Division, was very thankful to AEV for the opportunity to provide the Institute’s entrepreneurship training service to a group of brave and battle-tested participants whose lives were dedicated for the welfare of the Filipino people. He hopes that the same training program be given to other soldiers in different camps of the country. On the other hand, Col. Albert M. Mangaoang, OIC Chief of Staff of the AFP Special Operations Command, shares the same hope with that of Prof. Diaz and thanked the AEV for bringing UP ISSI and its expertise to train the selected soldiers in starting and running their own business.
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