Thursday, October 12, 2017

APO, DAP accept participants for self-learning e-course

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 12 (PIA) – The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the National Productivity Organization (NPO), is currently accepting participants in the self-learning e-courses on Rural Entrepreneurship Development until February 10, 2018, and on Agritourism Business Development until December 2 , 2017.

The target participants for the e-course on Rural Entrepreneurship Development are managers of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), government officers, representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs), academics, extension officers and other personnel engaged in planning, training and/or promoting rural businesses and startups and consultancy services on profit-generating economic activities in rural communities.

According to National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Regional Director and acting Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairperson Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, the course was designed to build the capabilities of the participants who are engaged in business advisory services and are interested to initiate businesses in rural areas.

“The first module will be an introduction to entrepreneurship development, followed by developing entrepreneurial ideas into action plan, to financial modelling for sustainable rural enterprise, and so on and so forth,” said Cariño.

On the other hand, the e-course on Agritourism Business Development aims to help enhance the knowledge and skills of agritourism development advocates necessary for successfully organizing, planning, and funding the identification, development, and promotion of high-potential farm-based tourism experience.

The seven modules for the said e-course include the introduction to agritourism opportunities; tourism trends and traveller behavior; sustainable tourism development; engaging stakeholders for collective impact; developing differentiated agritourism experience; creating effective agritourism promotional strategies; and successful case studies of agritourism.

Accordingly, the e-courses consist of seven to nine modules and three quizzes. The participant has to take intermittent quizzes for self-assessment and one final examination, with a minimum score of 70 percent to qualify in acquiring an e-certificate courtesy of APO, and also be given preference for the selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project.

Interested individuals can register directly in the APO web portal, http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. Those already registered can access the course by using the assigned username and password.

For queries, participants may contact Michael del Mundo or Bonna Frias of APO/NPO secretariat at (02) 631-2143 or (02) 631-0921 local 110, or email them at apolugrantees@yahoo.com.ph. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur vulnerable sectors craft disaster preparedness advisory for local radio

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, October 12 (PIA) – Some persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens in Bayabas, Surigao del Sur have team-up for the crafting of a public service announcement on disaster preparedness to be aired over local radio stations here.

Accordingly, the produced public service announcement focuses on preparedness measures of every family, particularly the vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The script was originally written by PWDs and senior citizens during the conduct of the focused group discussion (FGD) held in Bayabas town, facilitated by the Action Against Hunger.

“We are happy that we were able to work with persons with disabilities and that our voices are now being heard. It is our first time to involve meaningfully in the decision making,” said Laurentino Deligencia, a senior citizen.

Action Against Hunger Program Manager Ruel Fegarido said that the public service announcement is aimed to increase the awareness of the communities living in areas prone to any forms of hazards, on preparedness measures and to have them the right mindset and attitude before, during and after any forms of hazards.

Fegarido added that the project also seeks to reduce losses of lives, infrastructures, and social assets incurred as a result of disasters, and to strengthen the humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction systems.


The conduct of the said activity is one of the initiatives of Action Against Hunger and Save the Children in strengthening disaster preparedness and improving the effectiveness of response to humanitarian crises in the Philippines. This initiative is supported by Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Inaternacional Para el Dessarollo (AECID). (PIA-Surigao del Sur)