Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Thursday, December 31, 2009


The promotion of livelihood for Olongapeños is one of the projects that Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. focuses on as part of his “HELPS Program,” the letter L standing for Livelihood and labor.

With the full support of First Lady and Zambales Vice Gov. Anne Marie Gordon, Mayor Bong Gordon wants to strengthen ‘self-employment’ and address both unemployment and underemployment, thus the creation of the Livelihood Cooperative Development Office (LCDO).

The projects of the LCDO includes the ‘Gawang Gapo Product Exhibit’. ‘Gawang Gapo’ provides budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to display and sell their products at the lobby of the City Hall. In 2009, over sixty (60) exhibitors availed of the chance to showcase their products.

Also, over one thousand (1,000) residents benefitted from the Livelihood Skills Training given by the LCDO like fish processing, fruit preserves making, herbal soap-making, balloon decorating, scented candle making, fashion accessories making and many others.

“Huwag lamang tayong umasa na maging empleyado sa mahabang panahon. Kailangan na tayo ang mag may-ari ng negosyo. “Kahit magsimula muna sa maliit na puhunan lamang,’’ Mayor Gordon said to the employees of the local government.

Meanwhile, First Lady Anne Marie Gordon herself directs and monitors the implementation of the livelihood and self-employment initiatives of Mayor Gordon to ensure success.

“Karaniwan sa mga dumadalo sa aming mga trainings ay ang mga maybahay, asawa ng mga OFWs at mga walang trabaho,” LCDO head Aileen Sanchez said. “Hindi lang basta skills ang itinuturo namin kundi pati mga tagubilin sa aspetong administrasyon, operational at pinansyal ng pagne-negosyo,” she said.

Apart from the skills seminars, the local government also assists Olongapeños coordinate with banks and other financial institutions for the capital they need to start up a business.

Mayor Gordon’s livelihood initiatives is expected to continue on through 2010 and thereafter.

Mayor Bong Gordon delivers a message to the participants of the ‘Specialized Training and Seminars for Gawang ‘Gapo Entrepreneurs’ held at the Livelihood Training Center, Brgy. Kalaklan. (Photo/Caption Courtesy of PAO)


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