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PDRF promises ongoing assistance for MSMEs during the epidemic

On Thursday, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) reaffirmed its dedication to assisting the nation’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in maintaining their way of life.

In a statement, the PDRF disclosed that as part of its livelihood recovery support to MSMEs under the Synergizing Recovery Initiatives, Knowledge, and Adaptation Practices (SIKAP) program, it recently held a business continuity workshop for about 30 owners of sari-sari stores and carinderias in Bohol.

During a two-day training course, participants learned about “enterprise continuity and foresight planning,” including how to be ready for emergencies.

The PDRF reported that by assessing their susceptibility in terms of risks and hazards, important company assets, and operations needed to maintain during a crisis, the participants were able to design a business continuity roadmap.

They also created plans to deal with any future events that might have an impact on their companies.

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bohol Provincial Office also provided support for the endeavor.

Delfa Isulat of Tagbilaran, Bohol, claimed that the coronavirus disease pandemic of 2019 had severely hurt her food company.

Isulat revealed that when Typhoon Odette hit in December of last year, she was just ready to resume her livelihood.

She continued, “This training will serve as a guide for us that we can use in our businesses, so if there’s coming, at least we are guided of what we have learned.”

Additionally, MSME owners will get livelihood beginning kits valued at PHP 10,000 as part of the program, which will help their businesses continue to thrive despite the current health crisis.

This is the first batch of MSME trainees, and according to the PDRF, they will be expanded.

Another workshop for MSMEs operating in Dinagat Island and other regions of the province of Bohol will shortly be held by it.

For MSMEs to improve their disaster resilience, SIKAP, which was introduced in 2020, offers free resources, training, and mentorship opportunities.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Connecting Business initiative all provided support for the creation of this program.

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