The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continues to find ways to support small manufacturers in the form of grants for machinery and equipment as well as skills transfer in the hope of spreading the benefits of economic growth down to the grassroots.
The DTI has launched and rolled out another set of machinery and equipment worth P2.7 million under the shared service facility (SSF) to the Candelaria Coconut and Other Products Manufacturers Association (CACOPMAI) of Barangay Masin, Candelaria, Quezon.
The machineries consisted of kettle and agitators, vegetable slicer, dicer, shredder; grinder, mill, mixer, oven, filling machine, bottle sterilizer, washer and rinser; dehydrator; granular filling machine; and bottle labeling machine.
DTI Regional Director Marilou Toledo said the government is aiming for inclusive growth and poverty alleviation particularly in the countryside. “One way to achieve inclusive growth is to increase the level of productivity of community-base business enterprises. Attaining higher levels of productivity is the key to sustainability, and for business enterprises, sustainability is the key,” Toledo said.
DOLE Calabarzon officer-in-charge Edwin Hernandez said he could see the opportunities of the indigenous micro, small and medium enterprises to grow and be capable of providing income and employment so the people will be enticed to join local enterprise and cooperatives instead of going out of Quezon.
Hernandez added that one of the programs of DOLE is providing financial assistance to cooperatives and they earlier this year granted P357,000 assistance to CACOPMAI for its coconut sugar production. However, the grants have to wait for DTI’s concurrence before they are released to beneficiaries.
Purificacion Maunahan of CACOPMAI expressed gratitude for the SSF grant to the concerned government agencies including the municipal government of Candelaria for providing various assistances: funds, machinery and equipment, and production center building for the cooperative.
With the new set of facilities, the producers would be able to comply with good manufacturing practices, making it easier for them to secure the necessary “licenses” as required by the Food and Drug Administration which then would enable them to produce standardized products through controlled processes.
CACOPMAI can then sustain the manufacturing business of at least 52 members through equipment sharing, technical and marketing assistance, and their increased productivity will boost sales and incomes of its members and provide employment to at least 100 persons.
During the first year, CACOPMAI is projected to generate P20 million in domestic sales by supplying the needs of exporters.