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Better Business Sense: Iloilo City LGU Trains Market Vendors

“No vendor left behind” – such is the mission of the Iloilo City LGU. In an effort to train market vendors to have better business sense and protect the future of their livelihood, the local government has established the Uswag Negosyo Academy (UNA).

The program

Structured holistically, the program is comprised of five (5) sessions and runs for six (6) weeks. The Iloilo City LGU has put a cap of 25 vendors per batch.

Training modules cover seven (7) topics, and are supported by partner organizations from both public and private sectors. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) lead several training sessions on the public side of things, while BDO Foundation closes the loop with financial literacy on the private side. The topics are listed below, with the corresponding partner organizations:

1. Barangay Micro Business Enterprise – DTI
2. Work Ethics and Service Quality Training – Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board VI
3. Digitalization Seminar – Local Economic Development and Investment
4. Food Safety and Handling Training – City Health Office
5. Customer Service – Iloilo City Community College
6. Business Continuity Planning – DTI
7. Financial Literacy – BDO

Other partners include the Department of Agriculture (DA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Uygongco Foundation, and SM Foundation.

The Iloilo City LGU really exhausted its efforts to get all hands on deck for this program!

Congratulations, Batch 1!

Recently, the first batch of graduates completed UNA, and were each awarded P5,000.00 cash incentive in support of their respective businesses.

We’re thrilled to see how our program has boosted the skills and confidence of our local vendors, and we’re inspired to continue this drive for economic growth. We are very excited to unveil the state-of-the-art markets not just for consumers but our beloved vendors giving them the chance to compete with huge supermarkets,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas.

A total of 22 scholars belonged to Batch 1. They all received a Certificate of Completion along with the cash incentive.

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Just getting started

UNA is targeting to train both market and ambulant vendors, start-up and small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate better business sense, and arm them with the tools to turn their dreams into reality. More than growing revenues, the program pushes the core principles of sustainability and resiliency.

After the training, the program also seeks to help these small business owners and vendors find partners and suppliers to further better their businesses.

Good job, Iloilo City LGU!

Interested? Applicants may contact LEDIP office through 333-1111, local 813, 09162927389. They may also send an email to:

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