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Ferlynn Villarin-Basañez of DA-SAAD Region 8
Randy Tubog of DA-AMAS Region 9

SAAD implementers’ skills honed to help poor farmers develop community enterprises

LUMBAN, LAGUNA – The Department of Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship (DAME) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) honed the technical skills of the implementers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program at a four-day training to help poor farmers develop community enterprises.

The SAAD Entrepreneurial Development Training, conducted by the National Program Management Office, was held from 17-21 of June 2019 in Lumban, Laguna.

The course has four modules that aim to capacitate SAAD implementers so they could assist the beneficiaries in managing and sustaining the livelihood projects given to them.

Professors Glenn Baticados, Rodel Anunciado, and Nohreen Ethel Manipol of DAME UPLB are the lecturers of the training’s first module – Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship.

The training was attended by SAAD National Program Management Officers, Regional Program Management Officers, as well as national and regional representatives from the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service and Divisions (AMAS and AMAD).

In the first module, participants were grouped to practice the making of Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas – important tools in ensuring a successful start-up business or enterprise.

Aside from the two, other topics discussed include entrepreneurial mind setting, design thinking, customer empathy, branding, leadership, and conflict & change management.

Ferlynn Villarin-Basañez of DA-SAAD Region 8 shared that it is her first time to attend such kind of training and that she is glad for the interactive discussions.

Randy Tubog of DA-AMAS Region 9 thanked SAAD for involving their office in the training. He said that retention of learning is effective since activities were done hands-on.

For the other three modules, see the schedule below.

July 8-12                         Marketing

September 9-13             Operations

October 21-25                Finance ###


Writer: Jhomai Canlas, SAAD PR & Communications Officer

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