DTI-CAR Trainer Ms. Layla Corro (Center) presents on “How to Start a Business” attended by 16 parents of profiled child laborers in La Trinidad, Benguet
DTI-CAR Trainer Ms. Layla Corro (Center) presents on “How to Start a Business” attended by 16 parents of profiled child laborers in La Trinidad, Benguet

Baguio City – To add sustainability in managing their livelihood projects, thirty (30) parents of profiled child laborers from Pico, La Trinidad and Barangay Padre Burgos, Baguio City underwent two sets of business trainings administered by the Department of Labor and Employment – Baguio – Benguet Field Office (DOLE-BBFO) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Baguio – Benguet Provincial Office (DTI-BBPO) and Public Employment Office (PESO) of Baguio and La Trinidad.

Trainings were held separately last August at the DTI Nego-center of Baguio City, and the Youth Center, Public Market of La Trinidad. The fourteen (14) parent-beneficiaries from Baguio finished their two training-sessions, while the sixteen (16) beneficiaries from La Trinidad will be having the second half of their training soon.

Each business training covered two sessions, the first was on “How to start a Business”, which included the principles of conceptualizing, identifying and marketing products and services, including the steps on permit processing with their documentary requirements. It was facilitated by DTI Trainer Ms. Layla Corro for both Baguio and La Trinidad participants.

DTI-CAR Trainer Ms. Rosemarie Calub (Center) lectures on “Bookkeeping” attended by 14 parents of profiled child laborers in Baguio City

The second session on “Bookkeeping” involves the processes of recording business financial transactions into organized accounts on a daily basis. DTI Trainer Ms. Rosemarie Calub handled the presentation of this session for the Baguio participants.

In the implementation of all livelihood beneficiaries under the Child Labor Program, beneficiaries are now required to attend similar business skills trainings. Workshops like these provide technical support in establishing their proposed business projects or existing enterprises.

These trainings aim to equip the selected beneficiaries with knowledge and skills in the operation and monitoring of their livelihood assistance, which they will be receiving from this Office through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

The trainings on livelihood continuity also works toward the progressive elimination of child labor by transforming the lives of the child, their families, and communities towards a sense of self-worth, empowerment and development.

Skills development for the livelihood beneficiaries is integral for the project continuity and enhancement. It helps in the protection, withdrawal and reintegration of child laborers into a supportive social unit by alleviating extreme poverty in the country.


END//Daryll Ponard with reports from Neill Stephen Flora, DOLE BBFO// Photos by Neill Stephen Flora