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Saturday, May 09, 2009

SBMA begins livelihood courses

THE Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority launched the first installment in a series of livelihood training-seminars to educate displaced workers and unemployed residents on how to start micro businesses of their own

The launching of the livelihood training program is to seek head off further effects of the global economic downturn among the labor force in the greater Subic Bay area.

The seminars, which are being organized by the SBMA in cooperation with Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation, Divine Mercy Apostolate, Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU), and the 132nd Squadron of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), will be conducted for free, said SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga.

“Our target participants are workers and heads of families who have been displaced, or whose income have been severely reduced by the present economic slowdown. And we won’t be charging them for these. We just intend to help provide them with some new means of earning a living to cope with the crisis,” Salonga said.

The first training sessions, which were held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC), were conducted by technical experts from the BPSU and lasted for three hours each.

Armie Llamas, manager of the SBMA Public Relations Office, said that the training focused on candle making, as well as the production of powder detergent, dishwashing liquid, and fabric softener.

“This is actually the start of a series of seminars that we have lined up. In the next seminar, we will be teaching participants basket making, stuffed toy making, fruits and meat processing, and baking,” she said.

Among the more than 350 participants who joined the first seminar were residents of the Nagyantok fishing community in Bgy. Cawag, Subic, Zambales, Llamas said. By: Jess V. Antiporda - Journal online

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