UNEP inks MOA with DOLE
THE University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) recently inked an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) envisioned to bring to the fore the interest of enterprising students and raise their aspirations to a more profitable and productive level.
This was how Elmer H. Lolin, UNEP Dean of College of Business Education (CBED) and the concurrent DOLE coordinator for UNEP described the intention and purpose of the momentous Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing held at the UNEP campus on January 11.
DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra personally graced the occasion, together with DOLE Camarines Sur Provincial Officer Ana Christine Soriano.
Lacambra personally handed to Atty. Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda, UNEP President, a Certificate of Accreditation in recognition of its capacity as partner in the implementation of the different livelihood components of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Programs (DILP).
A few months back, five groups successfully got the nod of the DOLE officials when they presented their business plans and submitted their project proposals under the supervision of Lolin.
“We have patiently inched our way by accomplishing all the facets of the preparation, from the coordination, identification of beneficiaries or the students who will present their business plans, consultation with the DOLE, up to the defense of the business plans to the conduct of orientation seminar, and now this MOA signing – I can say that we are now reaping the fruits of our labor,” Lolin said in an interview.
DOLE has approved business plans on Banana Chips enterprise, Choco Cup Phoria, Street Food vending, Emerald Cupcake Collection, and HealhTea. These projects are worth P500,000.00.
Moraleda perceived the recent development as another opportunity for UNEPians to venture in small enterprises and business undertakings even while in school.
“On the part of the university, we will specifically ensure that these students will have the necessary values and leadership formation and social preparation activities, jointly with DOLE and other partners. We will also provide the necessary project counterpart as equity in the project implementation as stated in our signed agreement,” Moraleda added.