ILOILO CITY— The Local Economic and Investment Promotion Office (LEIPO) is strengthening the businesses of around 9,720 entrepreneurs who have availed of assistance from the city government here.
The focus will be on micro-entrepreneurs whose capital ranges up to PHP 3 million.
LEIPO head Ritchel Gavan said that they rolled out “Negosyo 101” where the participants are provided with basic entrepreneurial training.
Through this, micro entrepreneurs were mentored on how to start and manage their business, she explained.
“We strengthen them by providing training,” she said. This month, processed meat vendors from three major markets in the city will undergo product development for food additives while another training on food handling and sanitation.
The city government has partnered with the private sector and other government agencies in extending support to the 9,720 entrepreneurs.
With the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iloilo Chapter, the “In Business Program” where participants were taught on how to run their businesses and the “Exhilarate Program” where successful businesspersons share with participants on how to access available government financial assistance were held.
The campuses of Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC) in Molo and Bo. Obrero are also offering livelihood programs.
Women’s organizations Red Ladies and Blue Angels also assisted in helping develop entrepreneurs.
The City Agriculturist Office (CAO) and the city social welfare and development office (CSWDO) were also tapped to assist.
The support ranges from training and livelihood, among others, initiated under the administration of Mayor Jed Mabilog, Gavan said.