DR. SITTI Amina Jain, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director, said there will be series of free livelihood technology demonstrations for the existing micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) and those wanting to venture into business during the four-day Zamboanga Peninsula Exposition (Zampex) 2015 in Zamboanga City.
Jain said the technology demonstrations, which are part of this year's Zampex, will be conducted in partnership with the Zamboanga Peninsula SME Core Group.
The Zampex is scheduled to be held from October 8 to 11.
Jain said the conduct of technology demonstrations is one way of encouraging more people to become entrepreneurs to help spur economic activity and generate employment in Zamboanga Peninsula region.
"The technology demonstrations that will be conducted by our partner agencies are one way of encouraging more people to engage in business. The more entrepreneurs, the better it would be for our economy. This would mean a more active economy and job opportunities will also increase as our MSMEs grow," Jain said.
Jain said there will be eight technology demonstrations as side event of the Zampex 2015.
The first demo is on fruit processing to be held in the morning of October 8. The second will be in the afternoon on vegetable processing. Both demonstrations will be handled by the regional office of the Department of Agriculture.
Jain said two techno-demos will be conducted by the Department of Science and Technology on the second day of Zampex.
She said these will be on fish product processing, particularly, kikiam and fish ball, and demo on confectionaries or candy-making using squash.
On October 10, Jain said the Philippine Fiber Industry Authority regional office and the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology will be demonstrating abaca hand-made paper, and smoked sardines and sardines with pinangat variant making.
Jain said DTI personnel will teach participants on how to negotiate with buyers, and how to participate in international trade fairs on October 11.
She said the number of participants will be limited to 50 per demonstration, targeting 400 participants all-in-all, and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis since the technology demonstrations are free of charge.
She said they will also consider 10 others in the waiting list in case some of the confirmed participants fail to show.
For reservation, interested participants may contact DTI regional Office at telephone numbers (062)955-3237 or (062)991-3238.