December 7, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Trade and Industry continues to provide assistance to Abrenian micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The latest beneficiaries under the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay-Livelihood Seeding Program (NSB-LSP) are 84 MSMEs from San Juan, Licuan-Baay, Lagangilang, Dolores, Bucay, Sallapadan, Bucloc, Daguioman, and Boliney. They each received P8,000 worth of livelihood package from DTI-Abra led by OIC Provincial Director Rodel Bolante.

The package given to each beneficiary is according to their existing business like sari-sari store, furniture shop, restaurant, and eatery.

To guide the MSMEs to become competitive and sustainable, DTI-Abra personnel conducted an entrepreneurial development seminar for the beneficiaries before the release of the packages, which gave the MSMEs in-depth learning in managing their capital, labor force, and profits.

Bolante said the NSN-LSP is an initiative of the government to enable hardworking MSMEs to upscale their businesses to help them contribute to the economic development.

He said the awarding of the livelihood packages is timely, especially since many MSMEs are struggling to maintain their businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mary Molina, a sari-sari store owner from San Juan, expressed her gratitude to DTI and its partner agencies for the livelihood packages the MSMEs received and the opportunities the project provides in improving their enterprises and their lives.

“This assistance from the government through the DTI will multiply our capital especially for us in the far-flung areas who cannot afford to set decent amount of capital for our business,” Molina said.

Rubelyn Annalingan, another sari-sari store owner from Licuan-Baay, said, “This program will help me to grow my sari-sari store so I can give back to the government by helping my fellow business owners who are just starting as well.” – Christian Allister G. Tubadeza