Building capability for its people to think like “entrepreneurs,” the Forestland Management Project (FMP) trained its technical officers from its field implementing units at the Brentwood Suites, Quezon City on July 31 to August 4, 2017.
FMP Officers from CAR and Regions 2, 3, and 6 were reared to serve as “mentors” to project-partner people’s organizations (PO) in rolling out their select enterprise development ventures. These enterprises are expected to augment and boost the income of communities where these will be implemented.
During the five-day training, the participants were introduced to different entrepreneurial and business concepts, which include planning, financial, marketing, and operational components. Case studies were presented for them to have better understanding on how to handle issues that may arise from the enterprises. The sessions also included action planning and role plays to further situate the operations of an enterprise at the community level.
Since December 2016, the FMP has been pilot-testing 24 enterprises implemented by its partner POs in its project sites. These enterprise ventures include coffee production, root crops trading, banana chips processing, broom making, among others.
The training is part of the steps being taken by FMP to expand and strengthen these enterprises. (FMP/ Paolo G. Balderia)