Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Accountant group helps locals become more money-smart

Residents from IRRI's host communities, Bay and Los BaƱos, were participants in a recent training on effective business skills, held as part of the Institute's livelihood programs.

The half-day activity sought to provide an opportunity for these residents to achieve financial freedom for themselves through sustainable and income-generating livelihood projects.

The 27 participants are composed of officers of the livelihood associations, including the womens' organization Sulo ng Pamayanan, that HCCRO has organized and trained previously in the following:
Tranca (junk shop operation, organic gardening, pickle-making); Bambang (briquette-making, junk shop operation, urban aquaculture, paperbag-making); San Agustin (paperbag-making); Maitim (candle-making); and Tuntungin (fashion bags and accessories).

Resources and facilitators for the activity were officers of the IRRI-UPLB Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and includes IRRI accountants Nehry Coronel (incumbent PICPA president), Fernando Florece, and Floridel Macalala.

More joint volunteer activities are being planned by IRRI-UPLB PICPA with the Host Country and Community Relations Office (HCCRO).

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