Over 2,800 Bacolodnons benefit from city government’s livelihood, skills trainings

BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) — A total of 2,858 residents have benefited from the 35 livelihood and skills trainings conducted by the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (CCLDO) here from January to October this year.

These include seminars on bangus deboning, pork and chicken ham making, chocolate making, fish and meat processing, and making of scented candles, detergent soap, dishwashing liquid, and fabric conditioner.

Danielle Isabelle Sycip, project development officer I and head of the CCLDO Entrepreneurial Development Section, said the trainings are given to recipient-residents identified by the city, barangays, and partner non-government organizations (NGOs) like the academe and private associations.

Sycip said the kind of training given to the recipients, whether as cooperative, association, group, or individual entrepreneurs, are aligned to the economic need and potential of their respective areas of residence.

“Through the training program, residents especially the marginalized are being capacitated with skills and are given the opportunity to start their own business for livelihood,” Sycip said, adding that the products or output from the said trainings are provided to recipients as their start-up capital.

Sycip noted that most of the resident-recipients are now entrepreneurs, and were able to grow and sustain their small businesses as a form of family livelihood.

Moreover, CCLDO records showed that the city government has spent PHP180,000 for the trainings conducted this year, covering the materials and ingredients, especially for food processing.

These trainings are conducted on top of those given by the office to more than a hundred current CCLDO-assisted entrepreneurs in the city selling their products at the Bacolod Showroom Pasalubong and Gift Shop, Sycip said.(PNA)