By PR | 11:52 PM March 15, 2021
TAGBILARAN CITY -An aspiring entrepreneur has received P6,000 worth of livelihood kits as a seeding capital after graduating the 3A BOOTCAMP: Accept, Adapt and Act program by the DTI Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC) in partnership with the Angelpreneurs and LEADMORE.
James Lord Manatad of Barangay Lubang in Buenavista town was an account collector and mechanic in Mandaue City, Cebu for two years. The prolonged lockdown due to the pandemic caused him to be retrenched and be sent back home. As a young father and expecting a baby, this caused a deep strain in his family’s finances.
A relative heard of the 3A program convinced Manatad to apply for the DTI’s unique virtual training.
The 3A Bootcamp is intended for working students, housewives, displaced employees and teachers, and OFWs (who have recently returned from abroad) who are interested to start a business to replace lost family income.
Despite being held online and challenges on internet connectivity and load, Manatad earned high remarks in the entire duration of the program.
“Nakakat-on gyud ko unsaon sa pagpadagan ug Negosyo.” he said.
“Labi na sa leksyon nga dapat makita nako nga naay ginansya ug mailhan gyud ug kinsa ang akong serbisyuhan sa akong Negosyo.”
He added as he plans to open up his Motor Repair Shop in his hometown this March.
The learning sessions are designed with practical approach and delivered by actual business practitioners making it easier for the participants to grasp the lessons.
“Mapasalamaton sad ko sa mga mentors sa among mga lessons. Gitudluan gyud mi sa mga pasikot sa Negosyo especially sa planning ug financing,” Manatad said.
Participants are aimed to present a ‘mockup product’ or product concept test business model-market/product validation. Critiquing was done to improve the plan and other aspects of setting up the new business especially in light of the pandemic and digitalization. This will help them find opportunities based on their skills so they can re-invent themselves in the new normal.
DTI Bohol Provincial Director Marisol Laxa-Balistoy personally handed over the livelihood starter kits on Wednesday, March 10.
“We are optimistic and confident that James Lord will be able to start a better page in his life through his business for he is equipped with the learnings of the sessions and advices from the mentors,” said Balistoy said.
“DTI Bohol will continue to support his endeavour through consultancies and other assistance that we can provide,” she added.
Manatad is one of the 31 qualified scholars from the country eligible for the completion of the program.
The mentoring program ran 7 sessions from January to February 2021.