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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, September 1 (PIA) – The Southern Leyte Business Club, Inc (SLBCI) eyeing the abundance of natural resources in the province strongly believe that Southern Leyte could be a potential food basket hub.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office in partnership with the SLBCI, a group of private-sector entreprenuers are set to advance small-medium entrepreneurship (SME) advocacy as the key to propel economic development in the province.

According to Lito Calooy, president of the Southern Leyte Business Club, Inc (SLBCI), "one of the best program of the Department of Trade and Industry is the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy which provides "workshop-training sessions" in the improvement of the business operations of those aspiring to be entrepreneurs."

That their businessmen-organization is willing to mentor would be entrepreneurs the ins and outs of business operations, he said.

Their initial findings include of Southern Leyte as having a potential in agricultural resources and very much viable in the dispersal of poultry, hogs, among others. He shared that SLBCI runs 12- franchises of organic lechon manok based in Leyte and Cebu provinces.

An SLBCI-mentor, Rey Calooy based in Libagon, now produces an organic noodles enriched with malunggay, squash, among others, and supplies supermarkets like Gaisano, and other businesslines.

Another businessman, Lito Arabia, who specializes in dealership encourages those producing local peanut butter to keep on producing and continue to develop an attractive packaging of their product as their line of business is to sell food and non-food products to the different stores in Visayas.

Other business lines of SLBCI include money lending, water refilling, car rentals, Sir Organico (organic Lechon Manok)franchising, poultry dispersal, buying lemon grass bulk and native chicken, he added.

SLBCI has more than 180 business-partners, Calooy concluded.(esg/PIA8 Southern Leyte)