La Union co-ops get DTI support

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THE Department of Trade and Industry-Region 1 (DTI Region 1) has turned over five shared service facility (SSF) projects in La Union in line with its vision to aid the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

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In a statement, the DTI said it turned over five new SSFs to respective cooperative groups and organizations in La Union on February 4 and 5.

The five SSFs include: P850,000 worth of procured electric mixers and potter’s wheels for the pottery industry in Barangay Taboc in San Juan, La Union; P2.5 million used to build a hog raising facility called Apo ni Juan Food Processing Center and provide its equipment for the livelihood of 15 members of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps, also known as the conditional cash transfer program); as well as P880,000 worth of equipment for the honey and bee industry in the municipality of Bacnotan.

Two other SSFs are the P2.1 million boiler for filature for the sericulture or silk weaving industry in Bacnotan; and P670,000 worth of loom-weaving tools and equipment given to the Bangar Loom Weavers Association in Bangar, La Union.

Aside from the SSF aid, another P2.2 million budget was given to the local government of Bangar in support of skills training, product development and marketing of the loom woven products.

“Our mandate is to create job opportunities in the countryside. We help MSMEs to develop and enhance their livelihoods. Help yourselves, we will help you. SSF ang tugon ng DTI sa maliliit na negosyante [SSF is the DTI’s response to small entrepreneurs],” DTI Regional Director Florante Leal said.

To date, DTI Region 1 has already provided 205 SSF projects amounting to P150 million for the entire region, 145 of which were already granted and operational since 2015 while the remaining 60 SSFs are scheduled for turnover this year.

Since 2013, the DTI has been supporting various sectors with its SSF program where the agency provides better technology and more sophisticated equipment to beneficiaries in the industry.

The SSF program addresses both the gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters, while increasing agriculture and rural-based MSMEs’ reach and profit.

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