Tinglayan, Kalinga – Around 101 yTinglayans received their livelihood kits amounting to P808,000 from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Negosyo sa Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) Program and Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa - Livelihood Seeding Program (PPG-LSP) program.
Six beneficiaries received P48,000 worth of livelihood assistance through the NSB program on Monday, May 30, while another 95 received their kits last month amounting to P760,000 through the PPG-LSP program.
Said government programs are designed to provide capital input to existing Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the intention of helping them recover from their economic losses when the COVID-19 hit the country.
“Additional tulong ito sa mga existing na businesses, mga business men dito sa Tinglayan… Ang goal nito is mapalaki nila [ang kanilang kabuhayan] at tuloy tuloy na magamit ang mga ito para makita natin ang progress nila,” DTI NC-Lubuagan business counselor Rita Wilta said.
Accordingly, each recipient was given P8000 worth of livelihood kits of which, the items given are based on their project proposal to the DTI.
For the beneficiaries in Tinglayan, most of the kits they asked for were tools for their blacksmith and carpentry industry.
In a statement, Mayor Sacrament Gumilab expressed his gratitude for DTI, underscoring that giving start-up capital to his constituents is essential in achieving a booming economy.
He added that the local government is planning to put up a Negosyo Center in the locality to further encourage the business sector to participate and to attract more investors, enticing those planning to establish their business in the area.
With said development, the mayor is hopeful that it will contribute to achieving the peoples’ dream of a “Tongrayan umunno-unnoy”.
Meantime, the official of DTI-Kalinga stated that they will again conduct profiling and interview of existing businesses in Tinglayan by July to also help other potential entrepreneurs grow and expand their livelihood ventures.
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