BUTUAN CITY – Fourteen persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) and their respective family members completed a one-day seminar on “Entrepreneurial Mind-setting and Starting Your Own Business Enterprise” held at the Department of Trade and Industry CARAGA Office (DTI CARAGA) in Agusan del Norte Provincial Office, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte on September 18, 2019.

The seminar was initiated by the Employees’ Compensation Commission – Regional Extension Unit 13 (ECC—REU 13) in partnership with the DTI CARAGA Office.

Renato S. Corvera of DTI Negosyo Center (DTI-NC) talked about the importance of having a positive outlook when opening a business. He shared his expertise on “Entrepreneurial Mind-setting” by emphasizing that maintaining a good quality of service or product and having a clear vision are crucial elements of a successful business.

Participants were tasked to prepare their own business plan to find out if these were viable and profitable. They were also taught how to grow their future businesses with proper marketing strategies and building a network.

After the seminar, the said beneficiaries may enroll in ECC’s Skills Training which is under the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang May Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program, a special economic assistance program for PWRDs under ECC’s Rehabilitation Services.

Jay, one of the PWRDs, shared that this seminar will be a big help for their family. “Mahirap lang po ang buhay namin. Kaya po malaking tulong itong ganitong seminar dahil dagdag kaalaman para sa mga kagaya namin na gusto magsimula ng iba pang pwedeng pagkakakitaan pagkatapos ng aksidente. ”

Thru the ECC REU – 13, ECC Executive Director Stella-Banawis extended her admiration to PWRDs beneficiaries saying, “It always feels fulfilling each time we see them learn and acquire new skills thru our KaGabay Program because this way, we bring impact to their lives.”

Aside from the KaGabay Program, workers with work-related sickness or injury can also avail of loss of income benefits, medical benefits, carer’s allowance, and death benefits.

Reporting from Sandee Angeli V. Mocorro; Editing by Carlo Katigbak