The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Isabela Provincial Office through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Unit and in partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Isabela Office and some Local Government Units (LGUs) conducted series of SME Roving Academy (SMERA) Runs in Isabela on March 20 to March 22, 2018 and March 26, 2018.

The training aims to help the newly assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations in starting their businesses by inculcating and nurturing in them the importance of having a positive entrepreneurial mind-set.

On March 20-21, 2018, training on How to Start and Sustain a Business and Customer Relationship Management was conducted for the members of the  Oshwind Bagnos Credit Cooperative. Meanwhile, same set of training was also conducted for the members of the Sinili Vegetables Growers on March 22 and March 26, 2018. A total of ninety-one (91) individuals attended the series of training.

Ms. Mary Rose M. Dumpit a Trade and Industry Development Specialist (TIDS) – CARP. Of DTI Isabela discussedthe advantages and disadvantages of going into a business, scanning of business opportunity and threats, needs and resource analysis, demand and supply chain, community assessment, environmental scanning, business trends and opportunities, types of businesses, types of business ownerships, personal entrepreneurial characteristics assessment, and customer relations management, among others.

A workshop on Assessment and Evaluation of Personal Entrepreneurial Characteristics (PECs) of the participants was conducted.

Ms. Buenafe Salas of the Departmentof Agrarian Reform (DAR) Isabela Office gave an overview of the DAR, DTI and DOST Synchronized Plan.