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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

DTI to turnover P2.11-M SSF projects to MSMEs

By Gideon C. Corgue 

PAGADIAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office is slated to turnover shared service facilities (SSF)  worth P2.11-M to four (4) micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province on Friday, September 18.
Provincial Director Ma. Socorro M. Atay said the launching, turnover and blessing ceremony of SSF projects will be held in barangay Bogo and Kapalaran, Molave and barangay Begong, Tigbao, respectively.
Atay said the abaca processing SSF will be turned-over to Molave Strippers Association (MASA) and Josefina Abaca Strippers Association (JASA) on Friday morning, while the organic fertilizer processing SSF will be turned-over to Labangan Farmers First Consolidated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAFFICO) and Kahugpungan sa mga Mamumuo/Mag-uuma Kababayen-an (KASAMMAKA) in the afternoon.  
“It aims to address the gaps in the supply chain of an identified project by providing processing or manufacturing tools, equipment and machines for the common use of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs),” she added.
The project also seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the priority industry clusters through the use of quality and productivity enhancing machinery and equipment and develop priority and market-driven industries in support of the National Industry Capacity Enhancement Program, according to Atay.
Accordingly, these facilities are being tagged with “Property of DTI” which means it is still the property of the government, but after two years of successful operations, these equipment and facilities will be donated to the beneficiaries at no cost through a deed of donation.
In a related development, SME & Industry division chief Roger Sarsalejo said that the first batch of the SSF turnover ceremony was held on March 2014  where organic processing facilities were awarded to Danlugan Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Barangay Danlugan and five handicraft sewing machines to the Pagadian City Non-Formal Education Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative of barangay San Pedro, Pagadian City.
“The activity on Friday is the second batch of the release of SSF to SMEs. There will be more releases to follow,” Sarsalejo announced.