It was supposed to be the best year ever. There were so many exciting plans and projects in store, as well as opportunities for personal and professional growth. After the mental and emotional challenges of recent years and months, things were beginning to look up, finally.
Then the pandemic happened, and everything had to be shelved or set aside for when things get better. “When things get better,” I repeated like a mantra to myself as every single thing I looked forward to getting knocked over like pieces in a game of dominoes.
What I do is important, but in the larger scale of things, not essential. Budgets are slashed and third-party service providers are often one of the first to go. Despite needing marketing more than ever while everyone is spending their time online, we were sidelined even when we were perfectly set up to work remotely already.
And my story is just one of too many people whose businesses and livelihoods have been affected by what’s going on. Whether essential or not, everyone is struggling. One would be lucky to keep their job with pay cuts and/or work-from-home adjustments—which is a minefield to conquer in itself—but millions of others had to look for new ones. Business owners either had to close down or are currently fighting nail and tooth to stay afloat while having to cut some losses.
It’s a sad situation all around. But it doesn’t have to stay so.
Seven months into the pandemic and things are looking better: As of writing time, the number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu is much lower, even leading to the suspension of operations for a testing center in the city (one closure worth celebrating). Quarantine restrictions are now eased, with more businesses permitted to operate and for longer.
Just in time for October being the Consumer Welfare Month, now is the perfect opportunity to begin recovering from our ordeal.
The Department of Trade and Industry Region 7 (DTI-7) is set to continue Ready to Recover, a series of informative webinars to jumpstart the economic rebuilding and recovery process of the business sector.
From October 14 to 23, DTI-7 will continue Ready to Recover with the theme “Sustainable Consumer in the New Normal.” These webinars will amplify the importance of consumer rights and responsibilities, as well as entrepreneurial integrity.
Here is their schedule of online seminars:
Consumer Complaint? The Right Agency for the Right Action
October 14, 2020, 2:00 PM
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A Sustainable Consumer is an Empowered Consumer
October 15, 2020, 2:00 PM
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Straight Talk on COVID Health Protocols
October 16, 2020, 2:00 PM
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Food Safety for Food Deliveries
October 23, 2020, 2:00 PM
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These webinars, which you may also watch these webinars on the DTI-7 Facebook page, will feature guest speakers such as OPAV Asec Jonji Gonzales, Alex Pal, and Bea Evardone.
Ready to Recover was launched in September in response to the present crisis. It kicked off with a pioneer series tackling Smart Contact Tracing and how businesses can use the apps to keep their customers and staff safe.
The first session was entitled Understanding Smart Contact Tracing: For Safer Communities and for Faster Business Recovery on September 11. This was followed by Pitch Party: Curated Contact Tracing Apps on September 25, and Pitch Party 2: Curated Contact Tracing Apps + DIY Workshop on QR-Based Contact Tracing System Application on October 9.
You may still catch up on these webinars by clicking their links.
2020 may have been difficult for all of us, but it’s not quite over yet. Take the reins and get ready to recover with the support of DTI-7. Tune in live to their upcoming webinars over at their official Facebook page @DTI.Region7 on the said dates and times.