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It all started with a decent location. Bordering a mall to the Northeast, a hospital to the Northwest, and residential villages to the south, there is no doubt that the area would be frequented by passersby. Feasible for putting up a business with products and services that would appeal to an average Juan, the strip of land along the road almost parallel to the Southwoods Avenue in Biñan, Laguna has been home to enterprises like some restaurants and grocery stores.

The Amores spouses residing in San Agustin Village got a glimpse of this window of opportunity. They decided to put up a food hub in front of the family home where entrepreneurs can lease a space. And they reserved the front spot for the small restaurant they intend to open.


In January 2022, Tapsi ni Katie opened for business. From an average of eight orders a day, the numbers eventually reached 20 after a month or two. It is not surprising why the couple hired one helper to be able to catch up with the growing demand.

The husband, who used to be a salesman, is taking his chances on the gradual re-opening of the economy post-pandemic. More and more people are frequenting the area as more and more businesses resume typical operations. This brought a hopeful atmosphere to the proprietor trying to seize the opportunity.

With the ongoing development of the Southwoods City akin to the Eastwood belt in Manila, the place has so much potential according to Mr. Amores. There are many buildings under construction nearby from hotels to condominiums. All these are expected to bolster foot traffic in the location.

For now, the target market of the food business is comprised of employees of establishments within the area. Call center agents and mall personnel would visit the food hub whenever they are on break. They would purchase meals and drinks while they are getting some rest.


The market may expand in the future with opportunities brought about by online delivery services. Still, the owner understands that the business will have to establish its name before going into another platform. Then and only then can the restaurant prepare for the challenges ahead.

DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio supports the endeavors of small enterprise owners with the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program. The couple received a pangkabuhayan showcase comprised of frozen meat worth Php30,000.00. It was a timely assistance considering the increase in orders over the first few months of operation.

The products awarded were based on the list of requirements furnished by the spouses to Provincial Livelihood Focal, Ms. Lorena Gacosta. There was a specific brand of meat requested to sustain the quality of meals offered on the menu. It was like a wishlist granted for the spouses who received the package on 11 May 2022.

DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman has been encouraging members of the informal sector to engage in livelihood undertakings that would bring about local economic growth throughout the region.

It is delightful to know that along with the rise of the Southwoods City is the ushering of opportunities for thriving businesses around this area in Biñan, Laguna.


Rudyboy R. Sinay
Senior LEO
DOLE Laguna Labor Information Officer

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