By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, June 21 (PIA ICCC) – A total of 706 internally displaced persons (IDPs) of this city have benefitted from the livelihood convergence aid jointly implemented by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Coca-Cola Philippines.

As a result of the Entrepreneurship Forum and Jobs Fair organized by DTI last year, the Coca-Cola and TESDA implemented the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Training Induction Program to the same participants.

Department of Trade and Industry Usec. Abdulgani Macatoman lends livelihood starter kit to a graduate of Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Training Induction Program implemented by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Coca-Cola Philippines. (Photo by Gian Raman)

Facilitated by trainers from TESDA Lanao del Sur, First Community Cooperative (FICCO) and Mindanao State University (MSU), the training aims to capacitate and equip the IDPs with knowledge on business planning and management to help them improve their small enterprise.

Speaking to the graduates, TESDA Deputy Director-General for Partnerships and Linkages Rebecca J. Calzado said that the graduation symbolizes the success of their advocacy, which is to strengthen the skills of the Filipino citizenry especially the women.

Calzado also reminded the IDP-beneficiaries who are all women that they have the ability to give a better life for their families.

“Bilang ilaw ng tahanan at epektibong negosyante, naway ang bawat isa sa inyo ay maging halimbawa at buhay na patunay na sa pmamagitan ng pagsisikap at pagpupunyagi maaabot natin ang ang mga pangarap.”

(As mothers and effective entrepreneurs, I hope that you will be an example at proof that through hard work and effort, one will achieve his/her dream.)

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Rebecca J. Calzado underscored that the graduation of the trainees symbolizes the success of their advocacy which is to strengthen the skills of the Filipino citizenry especially the women. (Photo by Gian Raman)

Complementing the training provided by TESDA and Coca-Cola to the IDPs, the DTI also distributed starter kits such as sari-sari store kits, carenderia and baking kits for them to start or develop their business.

While Salmah Bashary already started her business, she said that the training helped her gain more knowledge about entrepreneurship.

“Para po sa akin malaki ang pasasalamat ko kay Allah kasi isa ako sa nasali sa training na ito. Kahit marunong na ako magbusiness, nadagdagan ang knowledge ko sa training na to,” said Bashary.

(I am grateful to Allah that I am one of the participants in this training. Although I already know about entrepreneurship, I have gained more knowledge from this training.)

Salmah Bashary, graduate of Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) Training Induction Program, thanks DTI, TESDA and Coca-Cola for the training and the livelihood starter kit that she will receive. (Photo by Gian Raman)

Meanwhile, Saida Basmala, one of the graduates, thanked the different government agencies for their convergence. She shared that the learning and starter kits will help her to start anew. (LEAntonio)