Wednesday, 27 August 2014

IRRI and DOST Region IV-A partner for livelihood opportunities for staff

IRRI headquarters - IRRI is pleased to partner for the second time with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region IV-A, in conducting “Enrichment Opportunities: There is More After Retirement” program.

An information session started on August 14 and was opened to all headquarters-based staff and dependents. The HRS Director, Christine Croombes, formally opened the session by her welcome remarks and statement of program objectives, followed by DOST Regional Director, Alexander Madrigal, who gave an overview of the department’s various programs and services available to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

A series of real-life stories straight from the guest entrepreneurs inspired the participants. Guest speakers Von Byron Ebron of Bonitos, Taniruth Ranit of Beadtime, Josephine Dator of Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya, and Sylvia Avance of Gwampas  shared their humble beginnings, the challenges and opportunities they encountered prior to becoming successful in their own business fields.

In the afternoon, HRS Business Partner/Manager for WRAS, Joyce Finegan ushered the participants to the lineup of small business clinics (SBC). The SBCs provided the attendees the opportunity to obtain guidance in putting up businesses, compliance with a variety of requirements and consult with the MSME entrepreneurs on other investment options.  The event was nearly attended by 350 participants from different organizational units. HRS WRAS Advisor Marge Vasquez hosted the program.

The retirees were also invited to join the site visits to various business sites on the following day, August 15. Tindahan ng Itlog ni Kuya was the first stop, with its owner, Mr. Napoleon Dator, who showcased their duck farm and the how to’s of duck raising and salted eggs making. Second destination was Tagaytay with Amira’s Buco Tart Haus and The Banquet’s Ms. Virginia D. Malipol who explained about Buco Tart making and her business secrets. The visit at Delfa’s in Alfonso concluded the tour with it’s owner, Ms. Adelfa Nuestro who offered free taste of her inventions that include coffee, chocolate, and herbal drinks. IRRI awarded MSMEs program partners with Certificate of Appreciation as it’s way of recognizing their support to the program.

The two-day event was organized by Human Resource Services - Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) as part of the Employee Assistance program. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-093

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