The UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries has brought the Small Business Counselors Course (SBCC) to the province of Rizal in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry – Rizal Provincial Office (DTI Rizal). The SBCC, conducted last 28 March to 1 April 2016, was attended by 29 participants, composed mostly of representatives of the different local government units (LGU).
The SBCC participants were able to assess three enterprises: (1) Daisy Dela Paz Collection in Taytay, (2) Balaw-Balaw Foods Inc. in Angono, and (3) Manganyaman Gourmet Place in Antipolo City.
Maria Amiela A. Cruz, administrative officer of the DTI Rizal, expressed her gratitude to DTI Rizal Provincial Director (PD) Mercedes A. Parreño for giving them the opportunity to become part of the program as she was able to gain new knowledge, insights and experiences from the SBCC, which will be useful in the performance of their duties. She said, “I realize it’s not more of my gain, but rather of the institution that I belong. When we get back to our respective offices and agencies, we will become an asset because of the learnings that we have gained. And aside from our institutions, it is also a gain for the communities and clients that we are and will be serving.”
Soliman E. Villanueva, livelihood program coordinator of Jala-Jala LGU, added, “Learning is not about how old or young you are. I may be the oldest among you, but I am the youngest in terms of learnings like this. When I started hearings the lectures from the course, I realized that I still have a lot to learn. Also, I realized that I have been a very lucky guy, in a sense that I have again the chance to mingle with the people much younger than I am, especially that this is a new learning process to me.”
PD Parreño further urged the participants to forge a network of small business counselors in the province of Rizal.