CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, --The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 10 led the opening of the two-day Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan (TNK) Livelihood Fair which aims present the government-assisted livelihood projects.
The livelihood fair is part of the activities for the 117thLabor Day celebration to advocate job seekers to consider entrepreneurial opportunities.
DTI Region 10 Director Linda Boniao said the TNK is a signature event forged by the secretaries of DTI, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in promoting employment across the country.
She said entrepreneurs are not only self-employed but they are also employing other people from the production to marketing of their products.
“That is why we promote business so that we multiply our workforce and create products for the development of our country,” Boniao further said.
The fair features 20 livelihood projects assisted by DTI, DOLE, and Tesda, as well as Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Agriculture (DA).
One participant of the fair is the Abaga Muslim-Christian Farmers Organization which produces food products such as turmeric powder, salabat, peanuts, peanut butter, and palapa. The organization which is based in Baloi, Lanao del Norte started in 2014.
Ansary Elias, the contact person of the organization, said he is glad that his organization is one of the recipients of government livelihood projects.
Elias said DOLE assisted them through capitalization while DTI provided assistance on packaging and labeling.
Through participation in various livelihood fairs organized by DTI, they were also able to market their products to the other parts of the country.
Elias is proud that some of the orders they are receiving are coming from Cebu and Manila. (APB/PIA10)
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