DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assisted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and individuals in Pangasinan through the Negosyo, Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) and Livelihood Seeding Program Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) programs in 2020.
In an interview on Thursday, DTI Pangasinan provincial director Natalia Dalaten said they covered 43 local government units in Pangasinan or 243 barangays with 398 clients under NSB.
“We have turned over 288 business starter kits with a total of PHP2.3 million as of Dec. 15 to qualified beneficiaries under the NSB,” she said.
Dalaten said the NSB program aims to encourage entrepreneurship in the community through providing PHP8,000 worth of business starter kits.
Under PPG, 460 livelihood starter kits amounting to PHP3.8 million were distributed, she said.
“This is a program of DTI wherein MSMEs who were affected by flooding, fire, typhoon, pandemic, among others, were given aid. We help them to restart their businesses through the starter kits,” she added.
Meanwhile, seven cooperatives, groups, schools, and LGUs in Pangasinan are set to receive this year’s equipment under the shared service facilities (SSF) project of the DTI.
Dalaten said the initial cost of the SSF to be provided amounts to PHP7 million.
“The beneficiaries are from Pozorrubio, Tayug, San Nicolas, Rosales towns, and three more from western Pangasinan. Although this is not yet final as we are still waiting for an update on whether there will be more beneficiaries under SSF,” she added. (PNA)