March 2, 2024

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Seventy-seven micro-entrepreneurs from Rizal and Pasil recently received livelihood starter kits from the Department of Trade and Industry.

Beneficiaries under the DTI’s Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay-Livelihood Seeding Program (NSB-LSP) are 25 micro-entrepreneurs in Rizal where 12 are engaged in food processing, three in carpentry service, four in food service, one in hairdressing service, three in furniture manufacturing, and two in trading sector. 

In Pasil, 22 micro-entrepreneurs in the trading sector, wearables and homestyle industry, livestock sector, and food processing sector are also recipients of livelihood kits. The Pasil local government unit was acknowledged for the rapid increase of business licensees over the past few years.

DTI reminded the recipients on the importance of acquiring business registration and permits to qualify for further government assistance like capacity building training, product development, marketing and financing facilitation.

Jovelyn Tinio, co-owner of E.J. Food Products in Pasil, said their business expanded through the assistance from the government.  

“I was inspired from the advices, programs, and services of the DTI and DOST that made me decide to focus on developing our farm into more productive and income generating asset,” she said as she thanked the two agencies for its support.

Gov. James Edduba presented the tagline agenda “Lumin-awa Kalinga,” which means living with a comfortable life, generally aims to benefit the MSMEs. – Peter A. Balocnit