The Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) held a Business Opportunities Forum for Cavite Cooperatives with the theme “Discover. Invest. Innovate. Grow” on June 24, 2022 at Provincial Gymnasium, Trece Martires City. The event which was attended by a total of 115 cooperative members served as a venue for small and large scale cooperatives to learn and share knowledge regarding business development and growth.
Atty. Khervy B. Reyes, Officer-In-Charge of PCLEDO, welcomed everyone and expressed his gratitude to all the individuals who took part in the said program. He imparted that Cavite Cooperatives have always been at the forefront even during the pandemic and PCLEDO’s commitment is to help everyone recover. Hence, he encouraged all the participants to stay, listen and take the opportunity to achieve the vision for their cooperative.
In his opening message, Mr. Alvin S. Mojica, Provincial Administrator for Community Affairs shared that the program was initiated by the Provincial Government through PCLEDO as a response to the impacts of the pandemic and to help the affected sector.
The program proper was divided into two sessions – the first one was the discussion and sharing of insights regarding financial, digitalization, modernization and adaptation of businesses. Ms. Alda Lou Cabrera, RCBC Senior Relationship Manager, propagated the concept of digitalization through RCBC’s Diskartech program and how it can help businesses especially in the new normal. According to Ms. Cabrera, digital transformation drives financial inclusion and financial inclusion, in return, fuels digital transformation.
Subsequently, Ms. Mary Grace Pagtalunan and Mr. Dennis Chua, Sales Executives of Jyosna, introduced business process automation that would help cooperatives save time, reduce cost of operation, reduce human error, make the work more flexible and be more profitable. Ms. Pagtalunan emphasized the need to adapt to the changes.
Mr. Dennis G. Magbatoc, AVP/Regional Head of PLDT enterprise, underscored the importance of technology in business ventures and the need to adopt new ways of engagements. On the other hand, Ms. Melissa Lim, Marketing Officer of Metro South Cooperative Bank, tackled payment checking account, while Mr. Frederick Gatchalian, Cooperative Lending Department Head, presented the Loans and Financing services that they offer including Term Loan, Revolving Credit Line, Back-to-Back, and the MSCB Modernized Jeepney Fleet Financing that will be launched soon.
On the second part of the program, Mr. Joey Espiritu, owner of 621 Food Chow, Tent King and Manang A’s Catering, shared the story behind the success of his businesses and how they got back on track after being affected by the pandemic.
Then, Ms. Katrina Sunglao, Business Specialist of Nutri Asia, presented the Negosyo Center Packages like pizza, takoyaki and burger that could be a starter for aspiring entrepreneurs. Same goes with Mr. Kevin Hernandez, Sales Specialist of Oleo Fats, who showcased the business products and concepts that they are offering for a start-up business.
Highlight of the event was the talk by Mr. Jorge Noel Y. Wieneke, Immediate Past President of Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc., who stressed the importance of franchising and imparted that the concept of a franchise should be accepted by the market. He imparted the SBA principle – see clearly, believe in oneself and act on it in order to achieve the dream. Afterwards, Mr. Jaypee Morales, AFFI President, alongside with Mr. Nico Manquil and Mr. Mike Gamez talked about their experiences in franchising.
Concluding the program, Fr. Arturo Joseph M. Balagat, PCDC Chairperson, stated that through the forum, he can see that Cavite Cooperatives are constantly fighting and growing. He encouraged everyone to create, co-create and diversify for cooperatives to not vanish.
Businesses that were represented by the speakers were all exhibited in the forum along with PCLEDO’s Cavite Mobile Pasalubong Center.