Davao City – The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) together with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) Region XI organized an Entrepreneurial Development Training and Financial Awareness Seminar on 3-4 July 2019 at the Activity Center, DOLE XI for Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs) in the region.

The recipients who are victims of different accidents in their workplaces had undergone the two-day training in preparation for the P30,000 livelihood business available under EC Programs. This is on top of the approximately P600,000 which the ECC has previously disbursed for their sickness or disability benefits.

Ms. Rea Sa-an of NCRO XI shared the basic characteristics of an Entrepreneur as well as the fundamental elements of starting up a business, its different risks and rewards. “The end goal of my lecture is to inculcate to the EC beneficiaries the proper method on how to make business plans as well as examples of the different viable businesses to help the PWRDs in choosing a business befitting their capacity, interest and skills.” Ms. Sa-an remarked.

Stella Zipagan-Banawis, ECC Executive Director, expressed “the objective of this activity is to ensure sustainability of the livelihood programs granted to the Occupationally-Disabled Workers by apprising them on the proper management of their would-be home-based business.”

Workshops included in the training were on Making a Business Plan, and on Financial Literacy. “Napakalaking tulong po sa amin itong ibinigay na training dahil ito ay magagamit hindi lamang sa negosyong ipagkakaloob sa amin ng ECC kundi pati rin sa pang-araw-araw na pamumuhay namin”, Mr. Ciano Gomintong, a participant commented after the event.

The training has been an integral part of the livelihood grants under the programs of the Employees’ Compensation Commission. This primarily seeks to forge financial adeptness among the EC beneficiaries so that the livelihood grants may bring forth meaningful impact in their lives.  (ECC-REUXI)