DOST-CALABARZON continuously empowers MSMEs despite distance
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, May 14 (PIA) –The first quarter of 2020 was filled with bumps on the road for the MSMEs in the Philippines. With the COVID-19 outbreak and the enhanced community quarantine, sustaining a business has been an uphill climb for most business owners, especially for MSMEs.
To help the MSMEs all around the Philippines to adapt emotionally and financially from the losses that this pandemic brought upon them, DOST-CALABARZON will host a webinar series for the DOST SETUP beneficiaries nationwide.
Dubbed as “#BANGON: Bayanihan tungo sa pagbangon – A free online seminar series for DOST-assisted MSMEs”, the first webinar series will run on May 14 and 15 via Zoom platform.
Part 1 is entitled “Unleash your Highest Potential: Dose Up with Hope” which is a starter course to help MSMEs manage and process their fear, anxiety, and stress and prepare their mindset for the possible new norms in the business playing field.
“Bouncing Back: Adapting Business to the New Normal”, happening on the second day, is a course that will focus on encouraging and motivating the MSMEs to stay in / go back to business and will prepare them for changes and adjustments.
The resource speakers for this webinar series are Ms. Avelynn Garcia and Mr. Vic Garcia, the Executive Vice President and CEO/President of Unleash International Corp. and radio hosts of “Tulong Ko Pasa Mo” program of ABS-CBN DZMM.
Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña, Usec. Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano , and Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal will also join the webinar.
The invited participants are excited and are looking forward to the positive effect of the webinar to their businesses. “I expect to learn a more effective interventions in dealing with mental health and psychosocial issues during the Covid outbreak. I hope this program will be an effective platform in stimulating and motivating entrepreneurs in getting back to business with confidence and optimism despite the pandemic.” Ms. Donna Gay Villegas-Opulencia, owner of DONAppetit said.
“Matagal kaming napapokus sa aming comfort zone, sa pamilya, sa very usual na gawain ng isang babae, so ngayon siguro isi-switch on ulit kaming mga babae para makatulong sa pagpoprovide sa community.” Ms. Marife B. Visorde, Owner of MJ and PJ Bakeshop added.
Aside from the initiative to empower MSMEs through the webinar, DOST also gave a 5 month extension of loan payment to make it easier for MSMEs especially those who were affected by the ECQ. “I really appreciate how you have always been so supportive and understanding to the needs of MSMEs especially in these trying times that almost everyone is experiencing hardships in life and in businesses. With that, we can focus more in rebuilding our business and to get back on track.” Jeffrey A. Villasenor, Proprietor of We Serve Information Technology Enterprises said.
“Dun sa magiging 5 months moratorium, yun ang magiging recovery period ko. Kung sakali ngang maibibigay din talaga itong dinedesign na moratorium, dito ko din naramdaman na nagkecare din talaga itong government sa amin, na naipakita din na nagmamalasakit sila sa sitwasyon ngayon.” Ms. Marife B. Visorde added. (PIA-4A/DOST CALABARZON)
The past couple of months has been hard for everyone but DOST-CALABARZON stayed true to its tagline: We innovate. We make a difference. As what Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal said, “Even in hard times, we won’t stop innovating and making a difference to the lives of the people. It is when we are needed the most that we shall respond to the calling ‘Science for the People’.”