ILOILO CITY – Micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in Iloilo who were affected by calamities, both man-made and natural, are recipients of the Livelihood Seeding and Entrepreneurship Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The program is provided under the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) and the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay, both implemented by the DTI.
DTI-Iloilo Trade and Industry Development Specialist Kurt Maurice Tugaff said Thursday the PPG is in partnership with the office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
“This is an activity where we provide livelihood and entrepreneurship training to MSMEs affected by calamities,” Tugaff said in a phone interview.
Each recipient is entitled to PHP10,000 worth of livelihood kits.
Of the 135 slots for DTI-Iloilo, 55 of the recipients will come from Iloilo City and the rest from the province.
Last December 2, the DTI also gave kits to nominated MSMEs in Leganes.
“To be able to avail of this, you have to be nominated by the municipal social welfare and development office and we will validate their qualifications,” he added.
On the other hand, the DTI has released 410 livelihood kits out of the 1,048 kits to be provided to selected MSMEs in 131 barangays through the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB).
Each kit, worth PHP6,000, includes items for a sari-sari store, eatery, food processing, bakery, fish trading, and rice retailing, among others.
“Recipients are attendees of the NSB and identified by the barangay development council,” Tugaff said.
The NSB serves as a venue for the DTI to discuss the department’s programs and services.
It targets 131 barangays in the province’s 27 municipalities.
However, the DTI has surpassed its target barangays and has conducted NSB in 136 villages, reaching out to 10,098 participants. (PNA)