STARTING and expanding businesses can avail of several government programs for upskilling and reskilling their workers and financial resources to grow their business.

"[The] Advancement of Skills and Competencies of Entrepreneurs toward Internationalization Agenda program aims to equip micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the necessary human capital, company and product quality requirements as they gain entry to the national and international market," said Philippine Trade Training Center-Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) Planning and Programming Division Chief Ma. Fe Avila.

"We have many training programs lined up that our starting, our aspiring entrepreneurs, and even the growing and the expanding entrepreneurs in those levels can avail which are aligned to the enterprise development track of the programs of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) so that we are harmonized also with you," Avila said during a virtual presentation. PTTC-GMEA is under the DTI.

She said the PTTC also has a program that provides training to startups involved in digital technology and developing digital business solutions for micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs as well.

For example, its regional program Food Connect aims at assisting food manufacturers to understand the standards, documentation and application of the "gate-to-plate" processes in the food chain.

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"If an enterprise would like to access the domestic market, we have the training provided for you that you can use in securing your various requirements," Avila added.

On the part of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Executive Director Jojo Guillermo said during the virtual presentation that the agency also provides a community-based training program designed to catalyze the creation of livelihood enterprises that can be implemented by the trainees.

"After the training, they can immediately go into their own entrepreneurial activities," he said.