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Gov’t programs to help graduates become entrepreneurs

MANILA, Philippines - Graduating high school and college students can now choose whether to become entrepreneurs or an employee.

The government is launching a program that will equip new graduates and other jobseekers with the necessary information to find immediate employment or put up their own business.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other concerned government agencies will pilot-test the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) caravan in Marikina City on March 3 and 4.

Jobseekers and graduating students are encouraged to attend the sessions on employment coaching, employee rights and benefits, tips on how to start and grow a business, and how to avail themselves of assistance from the government.   

“I advise participants to attend our sessions on the first day of the caravan before going to the job fairs on the second day. These lectures will equip them with information on the job market as well as tips on how to start their own business, if they are inclined to open one,” Bello said.    

A representative from the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) will discuss the opportunities in the country’s key employment-generating and emerging industries, the skills required by employers, and the government interventions on job matching.  

Representatives from DOLE’s Bureau of Labor Relations and Bureau of Working Conditions will give a lecture on the specific provisions in the Labor Code such as employee classification, rights at work, welfare, health and safety, and statutory benefits in relation to wage employment.

To those who are interested in entrepreneurship, representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will provide a seminar on how to start and grow a business. 

The representatives will explain who is an entrepreneur; what are the competencies to become successful in business; the rewards and trials of going into business; the benefits of saving money for business; and current business trends and situations.

Basic knowledge on business planning, steps in business registrations as well as programs and services for aspiring entrepreneurs will be tackled.

The government’s assistance for those who want to start a business, those who have an existing business, and those whose business was damaged or destroyed by calamities will also be presented.

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