Project KSP: Kabuhayan sa Pandemya

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A 2021 RCC District Assembly
DAD Omie Rocha
GML Pasay Area Correspondent

Every Rotary Year, we give importance and recognition to our partners in service, The Rotary Community Corps (RCC).  This year the 2021 RCC District Assembly was successfully launched last November 20, 2021, through a webinar under the leadership of District 3810 Governor Robert Koa with the help of the host club, RC Pasay Business District.

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Rotary International defines it as, “RCC are teams who work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. Membership in RCC is open to any adult in the community who shares Rotary’s commitment to service but is not a Rotary member.  Each RCC is sponsored by a Rotary club.”  Together with RCC, Rotary clubs empower communities, enhance club’s service impact, expand club’s reach, and diversify participation and develop leaders.

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“Project KSP: Kabuhayan sa Pandemya” is a timely project not only geared towards our RCCs and their respective communities but to all Rotarians as well. The successful event was attended by a little over a hundred participants from fellow Rotarians and different RCCs. The three resource speakers gave inspiring and meaningful learnings based on their expertise and remarkable experiences, which were the highlights of the assembly.

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The first topic was, “Get That Job” an 18-minute up-to-date and comprehensive practical tips in securing a job that covered useful ways from planning, job searching, optimizing cover letter and resumé, sending off the application, attending the interview and finally securing the job offer. The speaker, Ms. Angioline Villanueva is currently a Human Resources and Compliance Consultant since 2017 mostly in the hospitality industry with a solid human resources background for more than 20 years.

The next equally interesting topic “Starting a Business” was by Coach Butch Salvador. He is a business mentor, coach, and speaker for Go Negosyo, together with the countries’ top business owners and gurus. He is also a lecturer for marketing for the Department of Trade and Industry and a much-sought invited lecturer in different schools and companies.

Coach Butch as he is fondly called, gave a very inspiring, interesting and energetic 48-minute talk on how he started his own business and ways on spending our hard-earned money wisely. What made this more interesting were the funny illustration of realities in life.  He said, this will address the stressful regular coming of “JUDITH”.   Well Judith simply means monthly “due date of Meralco bill, due date of water bill, due date of amortization and the likes”.

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Ironically but interestingly, Coach Butch discourages us to start a business on our own. He stated that in this time of uncertainties where many businesses continue to shut down, it is not advisable and the right time to start a business on your own. He strongly suggested a different business model which is, “Huwag Kang Mag Negosyo, Makinegosyo Ka!” This make all sense in our current situation where outsourcing is the name of the game.

The last topic was another appropriate and very interesting one for our RCCs and their respective communities, “DIY Paper Bag Making” from our very own in RI District 3810, PP Carina Rodriguez of RC Pasay Maharlika who was currently in Bukidnon, Mindanao when she spoke on her topic. PP Carina is a graduate of BSBA major in accounting with a post graduate study in Retail Management, Pedagogy and Master of Arts in Educational Management. She is a resource speaker in Philippine Retailers Association, different government agencies and schools.

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One of RC Pasay Maharlika’s flagship livelihood projects is the paper bag making training. PP Carina together with her clubmates have conducted several trainings in different regions of the Philippines.

PP Carina demonstrated to us a systematic step by step easy way on how to make a paper bag. She said that one can earn from Twenty Centavos to Five Pesos (Php 0.20 to Php 5.00) per bag and a single person can accomplished 200 to 300 bags a day. One can also be a Coordinator/Organizer/Contractor that can give an earning of 20% from it or the Entrepreneur, which could yield as much as 30% earnings from cost of labor and materials spent. Aside from the potential earnings, paper bags are environment friendly because they are reusable, 100% paper, 100% recyclable and 100% compositable.

Another segment of this event was the “Video Making on Fruits or Vegetables Preservation Contest”. It was opened to all RCCs and Rotary Clubs in a pre-organized submission of video entrees. The winning video was awarded to RCC Damayan of RC Pasay West on how to make Ampalaya Pickled and Ampalaya Atsara featuring LCP Nelben “Bhebot” Monterubio as their chef. Other awards went to RCC Camburay (Ilokandia), RCC Kawit Kalayaan, and RCC Pasay City East High School for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes respectively.

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The event was followed by several raffle prizes given to the lucky participants who stayed until the last seconds of the program.

District 3810 is so grateful for the great effort extended for the success of this valuable event by RC Pasay Business District headed by their LCP Carisa Daño, 2021 RCC District Assembly Chair CP Adelaida Dangan, PP Lotus Pangilinan as Co-Chair and to all its club officers and members.

Likewise, RC Pasay Business District would like to thank all those who supported them to make this event a success and memorable one. A heartfelt thanks to all the generous sponsors namely, COS Vilma Vinluan, CP Adelaida Dangan, JEPROCS Chair LCP Peaches Pasion, LCP Myla Tarriela, LCP. Marianne Dizon and LCP Cynthia Mercado, plus the 46 clubs of District 3810 who supported and co-hosted this event. Mabuhay ang District 3810!