To enable the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Albay develop their own business continuity plan, the Camalig Bank Foundation (CBF) in partnership with the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management - Philippines (A-PAD PH), spearheaded a two-day training workshop held at the Camalig Bank Corporate Office, Legazpi, Albay on March 22 and 24, 2022.

“This program for the entrepreneurs is the best strategic option for realizing our objective of reaching out to the MSME sector by providing them with training on crafting their business continuity plan.” Mary Jonelyn A. Ardales, Camalig Bank Foundation’s Project Coordinator said during the meeting with the partner organizations.

Two batches of participants totaling 45 were present during the training workshop, consisting of business owners who are clients of Camalig Bank and micro enterprise clients from the Department of Trade and Industry Albay.

Ms. Fay Ramirez, the Learning and Development Officer of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), had walked through the risk assessment process and elaborated the continuity strategies which the participants can implement to their businesses. Meanwhile, Mr. Nestor Dabi, a consultant from the PDRF, had focused his talk on the importance of business continuity planning.

The participants signed a statement of support during the program as their commitment to the A-PAD PH and its partners in providing programs and activities for the progress of the different sectors, especially the MSMEs.

Further, the speakers provided workshops on accomplishing tools for business continuity planning which served as a learning application from the discussions.

This training workshop is part of strengthening the enterprise resilience through business continuity planning program in partnership with A-PAD PH, Camalig Bank Foundation, Inc., Japan International Cooperation Agency, and DTI-Albay.