Last July 26, 2013, the employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform had a Negosyo sa Food Cart and Perfume and Cologne Making training. Both trainings are focused on the capital needed, product sourcing, material specification and return of investments when starting a food cart or perfume and cologne business. The training is part of the short course on livelihood skills project by Bureau of Agrarian Reform Information and Education (BARIE). BARIE is now on its second week of implementing the project which aims to impart further knowledge to the employees.
The resource speakers are both from ULTIMA Entrepinoy Forum Center, a company that offers various livelihood skills and training programs particularly on food that may lead to a business endeavour. The company also offers non-food courses on making perfume, soap, dishwashing, fabric conditioner, herbal, etc.
The speaker for Negosyo sa Food Cart is Mrs. Lourdes S. Rivera, the owner of ULTIMA Entrepinoy Forum Center and Spices and Foodmix House. She is a retired government employee who ventured to meat processing and meat processing ingredients business. Mrs. Lourdes shared her experiences in the business, practical tips in making the products for the food cart business and how others can learn from her expertise in starting their desired business. The speaker emphasized that there is money in meat, and with proper training and skills, one can maximize the potential of starting a business using meat. The speaker gave an actual step by step demo in making porkchop, quekiam, siomai, stir fry noodles and black gulaman for a food cart business. Mrs. Lourdes said that food cart business is a good venture because the return of investment is fast and it is easy to manage.
The speaker for the Perfume and Cologne Making Training is Ms. Mary Rose Rivera, who is also the daughter of the owner of ULTIMA Entrepinoy Forum Center and Spices and Foodmix House. Ms. Mary Rose discussed the step by step process in making perfume and cologne and gave practical tips in preparing and packaging the products to make it profitable for the market. The employees were given the chance to make their own choice of fragrance.
The employees did not only learn the technical aspect of food cart and perfume business but gained practical tips in handling such business endeavour.
The schedule for August 2, 2013 (Friday) is Basic Beadworks and Novelty Items using Recycled Materials.