The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Nueva Vizcaya through its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) conducted four SMERA trainings to the members of Future Life and Livelihood Association on August 23-24, 2017 and La Vista Rural Women Workers Association on August 24-25, 2017 in Brgy. San Fernando, Bambang and Brgy. La Torre North, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya respectively.

Mr. Marco T. Accad served as the resource speaker to the members of Future Life and Livelihood Association while Mr. Mark Lester Amores was the resource speaker to La Vista Rural Women Workers Association.

The topics discussed were Green Productivity, Product Costing and Pricing and Personality Development. A pre-test on the topics was conducted to assess the present knowledge of the group.

During the discussion on Personality Development, both of the speakers presented the different personality types in terms of interaction, absorption of information, decision making and lifestyle. The different personality determinants were also explained in order for the participants to understand and appreciate the topic.

Both speakers conducted a personality test that helped the participants understand their personality type whether they are introvert or extrovert, sensing or intuiting, thinking or feeling and judging or perceiving.

Moreover, Mr. Accad tackled the topic of Green Productivity to the members of Future Life and Livelihood Association wherein he asked the green practices of the ARBO in their vermi-compost production. Apparently, the group related their vermi-composting enterprise that promotes eco-friendly business in the community.

On the other hand, Mr. Mark Lester Amores discussed the basic concepts of product costing and pricing and its importance to the members of La Vista Rural Women Workers Association. In addition, he correlated the topic into product positioning and advertising.

To further understand the topic, the speaker identified and explained the different types of costs that they encountered in the production of peanut products. After the discussion of all the types of costing, Mr. Amores let the participants classify their expenses in the operations of the business.

Thus, the trainings helped the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries realize the basic things that they must consider in running the business most especially in pricing their products, in maximizing the use of raw materials and in improving one’s personality to deal with different types of clients.

Furthermore, eight (8) consumer rights and responsibilities were discussed to inform the participants of their rights as a consumers and businessmen as well.