Six Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and Homeowners Associations (HOA) in Pasig City participated in the "Ready Set Go: Negosyo ng CSO," a business seminar organized by the local government to help small businesses such as fruit stores and carinderias in the city thrive.
The seminar was held on Saturday, June 4, at the seventh floor lounge of the Pasig City Hall.
"Ready Set Go: Negosyo ng CSO" included capacity development and training courses to orient business owners on how to start, build, operate, and maintain their business endeavors.
The organizations were oriented on finance-centered topics such as loan payments, savings, daily earnings, and operating expenses for utilities, rent, and transportation.
Stocks and debt were also discussed in their courses.
In a social media post, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said programs like these lead to the "empowerment of people".
The local government is opting to implement initiatives that will aid and benefit business owners in the long run, rather than a simple "dole out" with short-term gains, he added.
The mayor said there will be succeeding batches for other organizations to partake in the seminars soon.
The event was led by Pasig City's Local Economic Development and Investment Office (LEDIO).
City hall staff members working under the city's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) also helped assist the event.