The Technology and Livelihood Center of Negros Occidental is currently displaying its products at the Negros Business Week.
The event, organized by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, focuses on showcasing the blue-collar entrepreneurs of Negros. It started July 9 at Robinsons Place Bacolod and will endon Sunday.
The TLDC booth is showcasing the products of its trainees. The products include food, wooden home decorations, and accessories.
Grema Oliveros Nene, a public service assistant at TLDC and one of the people in charge of manning the booth, said trade fairs like this help them raise awareness for the products that are outputs of their trainees.
“A lot of customers ask about the products and it’s an opportunity for us to tell them about the people who made them,” she said.
TLDC holds trainings and workshops for people from different local government units in Negros Occidental. Nene said a lot of people from different groups and communities ask for their help in developing skills that can widen their job opportunities or sources of income.
“We hold these trainings based on what the people from the different LGUs need. We have people’s organizations, non-government organizations, and associations from different communities who have asked for our help in training for food processing, meat processing, for crafting,” she said.
TLDC makes sure that their trainings are compatible with the industry and environment of the specific LGU.
“We assess and profile the LGU so we can identify what materials we need, what skills they need, based on their local products and livelihoods, and how they can make use of their LGU’s resources” she said.
Nene also said TLDC partners and coordinates with different companies that can help the visibility of their trainees. “We help them display their products in other outlets, like El Ideal or Sabor Ilonggo. We help connect them with these stores that we recommend so that they have more opportunities for their products to be seen.”
Nene said it is through those shops and through trade fairs that these entrepreneurs get to earn more and raise awareness for their products.
TLDC also assists their trainees in branding their products. Nene said they orient them on packaging, good manufacturing services and practices, and marketing strategies. “They really needto undergo it because we can’t let them go ahead and sell their products as is,” Nene said.
Their latest trade fair display before this week was at the Guimaras Manggahan Festival in May, where they were invited by the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government of Guimaras.
They also exhibit their trainees’ products regularly at the annual Panaad Festival and the Negros Trade Fair.*SCL
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