The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) conducted Skills Training on Laundry & Herbal Soap Making and Entrepreneurial Seminar on November 21-22, 2017 at the LGU Cabarroguis Gymnasium, Quirino.

The training aims to help OFWs start their business in the country through entrepreneurship. The 2-day training was facilitated by Ms. Chona Lachica and participated in by 29 OFWs from the different municipalities of Quirino.

Mr. Deogracias Sanchez, the executive assistant of Hon. Avelino N. Agustin, Jr.,Mayor of Cabarroguis welcomed everyone.

Ms. Lenore Lee S. Lopez, Supervising Trade Industry Development Specialist of DTI Quirino explained the objective of the training and congratulated the participants for being part of the activity.

Ms. Juana F. Nobleza, OWWO III of OWWA Region 02 reiterated the support of OWWA to the OFWs. She encouraged the participants to actively participate and finish the training.

The participants were taught on how to make Papaya with calamansi soap, Oatmeal & Milk soap and Glutathione soap on the first day of the training.

She also discussed about the cost of raw materials used for each type of soap and its current market price. Product Costing was also discussed to guide the participants in computing their expenses and on how much they are going to sell their product.

On the second day, participants were trained on making liquid dishwashing soap, fabric conditioner, and powder soap. The trainer motivated the participants to engage in soap making business.

On the other hand, many of the participants expressed their interest in doing the business as they are already planning on how to purchase the raw materials which are not yet available in the province.

Meanwhile, Mr. Godfrey Bariuan, SMERA Counsellor, conducted a seminar on How to Start & Sustain a Business, Business Name Registration & Permits Procedure, and Product Costing & Pricing.

DTI Quirino staff said, with their acquired knowledge necessary in starting a business through the SMERA Level 1: Start Up and acquired skills on soap making and entrepreneurial seminar they undergone, the participants are ready to be entrepreneurs.