January 29, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Trade and Industry continues to support micro, small, and medium enterprises bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The agency has awarded P10,000 worth of livelihood kits each to 50 MSMEs from 15 municipalities through the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program.

DTI-Abra led by Provincial Director Samuel D. Gallardo and its partner agencies awarded the livelihood kits to beneficiaries from Bangued, Tubo, Danglas, Lagayan, Licuan-Baay, Malibcong, Pidigan, Langiden, San Quintin, Peñarrubia, Pilar, San Isidro, Tineg, and San Juan.

The livelihood kits provided were according to the beneficiaries’ respective business ventures.

Sari-sari store owners received grocery items while those engaged in processing and service-eatery enterprises were given glutinous rice, sugar, margarine, cheese, condensed milk, aluminum foil, flour, eggs, plastic tables, plastic chairs, cauldrons, big bowls, ladles, knives, chopping boards, meat grinder, weighing scale and aprons. Those in the agri-business were given feeds, antibiotics, vitamins, and other supplements.

Erwin Abat Balladeng, a single parent from Padangitan, Danglas who was forced to close his sari-sari store for two months due to the pandemic, expressed gratitude to the government for the assistance. 

“I am very happy because with this, I could open my store again. Thank you for this support. This is a big help for my family especially in these trying times” he said. – Xander Alexander Cariño

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