The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) IVA spearheaded an online training/workshop on livelihood and entrepreneurship on October 21, 2021 entitled “Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Webinar”.

It is a collaborative effort of RCMB IV-A, Technical Education and Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) intended for the Branch’s stakeholders and personnel as well.

Thirty companies, five (5) of them are unionized, while the other 25 are non-unionized responded to the Branch invitation and benefitted with the training.

The online training/workshop started with an opening remarks from Director Edgar G. Aquino who expressed his warmth appreciation to the collaborating agencies, RCMB IVA employees and the 30 participating companies in CALABARZON that has in-placed Labor Management Committees or Councils.

After the welcome message of Director Aquino, Director Cariza A. Dacuma, TESDA Provincial Director and Mr. Vergel P. Soriano, Administrator TESDA-LLDA Training Center, shared their thoughts and inspirational messages.

They said they were glad that despite this pandemic, these collaborating agencies took part in the event and became part of the training for the stakeholders and that the limitations of face-to-face approach is not a hindrance for these government agencies to provide meaningful and useful training for their clients.

Prior to the training, the Branch provided the organic employees with materials to be used during the workshop.  Some of the nearby participating companies were also provided with the same but majority of the participants were given only a list of materials for them to produce and buy on their own which were used in the training.


Ms. Nichaela Saguinsin, Community Based Trainer from TESDA, demonstrated online the actual making of hand sanitizer and dishwashing liquid. The participants patiently followed her instructions. She shared generously some techniques on mixing the raw materials of these livelihood products.

Afterwards, Mr. Adrimar Aquino-Adriano, Business Counsellor from DTI Negosyo Center, discussed the topic on Creating a Mindset of an Entrepreneur. He emphasized that an entrepreneur has a bigger chance to improve his/her financial stability than to be a plain employee and a regular wage earner.

Adriano shared about self–assessment, marketing, location, strategies on what business in the area that need to focus on, financial planning among others. He cited his own story on the success he experienced by believing in himself. He also shared about the gown he made for one of the country’s Miss Universe, Catriona Gray to encourage the participants. He said he could not believe that Gray’s team will choose him to craft a gown for her.

He added that entrepreneurs can be successful if they believe in what they are capable to do and trust on what they are selling. They cannot persuade the customers to patronize their products if they have no faith on their products, Adriano emphasized.

The training aims to provide the participants an income generating program that would harness their skills to augment their income and be an entrepreneur too.  

The appreciation expressed by the participating companies is a manifestation that the conduct of training was a success.

The Branch technical team, with the support of the Branch Director, will continue to provide trainings of this kind. A one worth replicating.