ILIGAN CITY- SME Roving Academy (SMERA) as a regular program of the Department of Trade and Industry is a management training program for would-be entrepreneurs, existing businessmen and managers of micro and small to medium-sized enterprises.
This initiative is meant to provide continuous learning program for entrepreneurs to help them better set up and step up their operations and improve their competitiveness, thereby facilitating easier access to domestic and international markets.
For the part of the DTI-Lanao del Norte Provincial Office, two modules under the SMERA Program were conducted to address the training request of several clients in Iligan City. One of which was a Seminar on Simplified Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants.
This activity in particular was conducted last February 10, 2017 wherein a mix of new and existing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) were able to participate. A simplified bookkeeping system was introduced in this seminar in which concepts of record keeping was discussed through a simpler and understandable approach.
The ultimate goal was for the entrepreneurs to be able to set up a bookkeeping system of their own, customized to their particular business without the need to actually learn technical concepts of accounting. A total of twenty participants attended of which a greater percentage were from the retailing and servicing industry.
The Seminar on Tax Planning for MSMEs was also conducted under the SMERA Program last February 22, 2017.
A total of ten participants attended mostly belonging from the Trading and Services Business Sector. Ms. Erma Y. Darunday was tapped by DTI as the resource speaker for the said activity.
The participants were appreciative of the topics during the seminar since the speaker discussed actual experiences which they have encountered in dealing with clients and tips on how to better deal with the Bureau of Internal Revenue in terms of addressing open tax cases.
The activity was capped by an open forum where the participants were able to share their own experiences as well.