members in photo (L-R): Mr. Armando Bartolome, Ms. Linda
Stone, Dr. Ed Arcinue, Mr. Eduardo Romualdo with DTI Trade
Commissioner Celynne Layug (standing).
business workshop for Filipinos in LA
August 2, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry through its Philippine Trade and
Investment Center Los Angeles (PTIC-LA) in cooperation with the
Philippine Consulate General and Philippine Department of Tourism in
Los Angeles officially launched the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK)
workshop for Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs) in Los Angeles,
Participated in by more
than fifty (50) professionals, food trade entrepreneurs, and
representatives of Filipino-American organizations, the workshop was
graced by Consul General Adelio S. Cruz of the Philippine Consulate
General, Los Angeles. The seminar also served as an avenue for the
announcement of the establishment of the TNK clinics as part of the
Consulate's regular program in collaboration with PTIC-LA. The TNK
clinic is set to be a monthly workshop for OFIs of PTIC-LA.
Commissioner Celynne Layug provided updates on the Philippines’
overall economic performance and the DTI’s 7Ms strategy for MSME
Development which include mindset, mastery, mentoring, markets,
money, machines and models of business. Trade Assistant Rowena Namay
further shared the available resources in Negosyo Centers located in
various regions and provinces in the Philippines.
The seminar also featured
a panel discussion on “OFIs as catalyst for growth.” Panel members
include APR Consulting, Inc. Founder and CEO, Ms. Linda Stone; Sual
Global International, Inc., Owner, Dr. Edgardo Arcinue; GMB
Management Services Global, Inc., President Mr. Armando Bartolome;
and Asset Laboratories Finance/Administration Representative Mr.
Eduardo Romualdo. As professionals in their respective fields, the
panel members shared their insights and experiences on the various
opportunities and learnings in starting a business in the
Philippines with respect to services, testing,
livestock/manufacturing, and franchising.
Kabuhayan (TNK) is a new government blueprint for decent job
creation through employment and entrepreneurship. It was a joint
effort of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE).