ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 28 The families and beneficiaries of five of the 44 fallen Special Action Force (SAF) have undergone a two-day entrepreneurial and financial management seminar-workshop conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Engr. Rolando Acuña, DTI provincial director, said Tuesday the seminar was aimed to help the participants acquire the basic knowledge, skills, and right attitude that may be necessary in preparation for possible business ventures or undertakings which they may want to consider as an alternative source of livelihood.
Acuña said the seminar, which was held from April 24 to 25, was conducted in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office.
Acuña said the seminar participants were the families and beneficiaries of the late Insp. Ryan Pabalinas, Senior Insp. Joey Gamutan, PO3 Jedz-in Asjali, PO2 Amman Esmula, and PO3 Joel Dulnuan.
The five lawmen were among the 44 SAF policemen who were killed in the January 25 clash with rebels in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Acuña said the resource speakers from the DTI and DSWD offices lectured on various topics which aimed to provide participants the knowledge on the pre-requisites before engaging in a business venture; how to acquire the necessary skills; what it takes to be an entrepreneur; the rewards and risks of going into business; how to start a business; and, where to obtain permits and licenses.
He said the seminar-workshop envisioned that the business ventures of the families of the slain SAF policemen would eventually sustain income generation despite the loss of a breadwinner.
Jamir Omar Abubakar, DTI provincial office small and medium enterprise development division chief, assured the seminar participants that they could come to the DTI office for additional service and for consultations.
We are behind you, we will be working with you, and we will be assisting you until you begin your business venture, Abubakar said.
The participants were grateful to the organizers for assuaging their bereavement and for the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and financial management.
Meanwhile, Acuña said they aimed to conduct similar seminars and workshops for families and beneficiaries of the other fallen SAF 44 heroes in the region. (PNA)