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To equip participants from different established workers’ associations on innovative technologies and different government programs essential to their day-to-day operations, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office IV-A - Batangas Provincial Office (DOLE BPO) organized a one-day training under its Workers Organization Development Program (WODP) at the office’s training center, Lipa City, June 22.

Officers and members of different workers’ associations in Batangas Province attended the training under the WODP of DOLE. (Photo by Leomar De Torres/DOLE BPO)

DOLE BPO Director, Predelma M. Tan graced the activity and emphasized to the participants, in her opening remarks, the essence of the organization’s support of their interested and qualified members to avail the livelihood projects of the department.

According to one of the attendees, they value these kinds of seminars in empowering the lives of their members and their respective families.

“Lahat po ng association namin ay talagang isinama ko dito para maintindihan nila kung ano ang dapat naming gawin at ano ang kahalagahan ng pagpaparehistro sa DOLE at gusto ko rin pong ipaabot sa lahat ng aking member na kung ano ang pwede nilang maiano [makuha] sa DOLE para sa kapakan ng kanilang anak,” said Ms. Apolonia Del Mundo from San Teodoro, Agoncillo, Batangas.

During the training, DOLE BPO Labor and Employment Officer III, Ms. Salvacion Kalalo discussed the process of availing the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program. She shared that the program caters to beneficiaries, starting, growing, or restoring their business.

DOLE BPO Labor and Employment Officer III, Ms. Salvacion Kalalo talked about the qualifications and procedures when availing the livelihood programs of DOLE. (Photo by Leomar De Torres/DOLE BPO)

Meanwhile, Director Gerardo Mercado of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Provincial (TESDA) Office talked through the flexible learning in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and other related programs of their office.

In the afternoon session, Mr. Florante Barredo, a Certified Public Accountant of Rizal College of Taal, Inc. shared relevant key points on Financial Management and Basic Bookkeeping for organizations. Furthermore, Mr. Barredo highlighted the importance of cost and expenses flow as well as the income of workers’ associations.

Aside from the aforementioned topics, participants also learned about the programs and services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during a talk from Science Specialist II, Mr. Mhark Ellgine Libao.

Attendees expressed their appreciation for the department’s efforts in equipping them with substantial information on government services.

“Napakaraming aral…na na-adopt ko this seminar. ‘Yung mga topics about sa DOST, DOLE, TESDA, were very impressive at makakatulong talaga s’ya sa youth farmers kasi mapag-uusapan ‘yung about sa business and kung ano pa ‘yung maitutulong nito lalong lalo na sa mga youth,” Ms. Carla Jane Malababan uttered.

The training under WODP served as a way for the department to promote self-development and continuous growth by providing educational opportunities to participating organization officers and members.

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