Davao City workers show off entrepreneurial skills

The Araw ng mga Empleyado (Employees Day), which was held at the Rizal Park on Wednesday, became a venue for city government workers to show off their entrepreneurial skills.

Using their cooking and other skills, the city government workers wowed the public with their creations.

“We asked a friend to train us for a few hours on how to make ice cream,” said Eric Antioquia, the administrative officer of the City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO).

CTTMO’s ice cream cups, which were sold at P19 each, came in various flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, mango and cheese. Their booth was made more attractive by the large freezer, which they borrowed for the day.

“We pooled a capital of P7,500 and produced 600 ice cream cups; we were able to (recoup) our capital,” Antioquia said. They still have to decide what to do with the money earned from the fair.

Employees of the City Engineer’s Office had to close shop by lunchtime though as people literally wiped out their dinuguan and puto, which they sold for only P50 a bowl.

Not to be outdone, the barangay women’s organizations also showcased their different products, in coordination with the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

“We are selling scented candles. Our citronella product was sold out maybe because it drives away mosquitoes,” said Esperanza Capito, president of the Women’s Association of Barangay 34-D. The scented candles are priced at P100 for a set of three.

Capito said the project is part of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s “Magnegosyo ta Day!” program, which provides capital to women entrepreneur in the city.

Capito said they now have 50 members, most of whom have attended the livelihood training, which is given for free. Among the courses taught to their members include chocolate making, Zonrox, dishwashing and fabric conditioner making.

“I am set to receive P10,000 from Mayor Inday’s Magnegosyo Ta Program and I will use it as additional capital for the business,” she said. The interest-free loan is payable in one or two years.

The CTTMO, CEO and CSSDO booths are just three of the booths set up by 19 offices of the city government as part of the Araw ng Davao 2018 celebrations. The other offices opted to set up booths that displayed handicrafts, or ready-to-wear and second-hand clothing.

Aside from the showcase, the Araw ng Empleyado also featured a mini-concert while the Social Security System (SSS) put up an inquiry booth. CIO