June 24, 2024

The Department of Trade and Industry-Mountain Province turned over livelihood kits to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.

DTI Provincial Director Mabel F. Banggawan awarded livelihood kits worth P8,000 to 47 beneficiaries from barangays Banga-an, Madongo, Aguid, Fidelisan, Suyo, and Ankileng, all in Sagada.

The program is part of DTI’s Pangkabuhayan Para sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa program, a livelihood seeding and entrepreneurship development program for micro-enterprises, prioritizing areas affected by fire incidents and other calamities, including health disasters such as pandemics.

Priority beneficiaries are also MSMEs in Elcac-identified barangays and geographically isolated and displaced areas.

Senior Trade and Industry Specialist Gloria Bagayas of DTI-Mountain Province and May Ann Alicda of LGU-Sagada were present during the awarding.

The DTI, through Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Technical Assistant Jerel D. Estalin, meanwhile reported no concerns after inspecting two SSF beneficiaries in Aguid and Bangaan.

The two SSF beneficiaries are the Madchikom Coffee Producers Cooperative in Aguid and Guesang Farmers Organization Inc. in Guesang, Bangaan which became SSF beneficiaries on June 30, 2020.

 The SSF is meant to improve MSME competitiveness by providing machinery, equipment, tools, systems, accessories, and other auxiliary items, skills, and knowledge under a shared system.

The facilities should help beneficiaries increase their production capacities and improve product quality, resulting in increased markets, increased sales, and jobs generation.– PIA Mountain Province