Tabuk City, Kalinga – 537 entrepreneurs from the six towns of Kalinga were awarded livelihood kits amounting to P4,296,000 from the Department of Trade and Industry, an officer of DTI-Kalinga disclosed on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
Said livelihood kits were funded through the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa - Livelihood Seeding Program (PPG-LSP), a measure of the government designed to provide capital input to existing Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to help them bounce back from the negative impacts of COVID-19 in the economy.
Of the 537 recipients, 106 are from Balbalan, 55 from Lubuagan, 40 from Pasil, 55 from Pinukpuk, 95 from Tinglayan, and 140 from Tabuk City. Some 41 beneficiaries in Tanudan will be receiving their assistance on Friday, May 6.
Each recipient is provided with livelihood kits amounting to p8,000.00, of which the items given are based on their request to the agency.
In an interview, Josephine Daliyong, OIC of DTI-Kalinga’s SME Development Division said that they prioritize food manufacturers and food processors as recipients. However, in case such MSME is not present in the barangay, they would be choosing beneficiaries from the trading sector which include Sari-sari stores.
“I-prioritize tayu ngay daytuy manufacturing ken food processing ngem nu awan mabirukan tayun, idiay a sumrek ti trading nu registered da ti DTI ken LGU ngem nu awan mabirukan manen nga kasdiay, basta existing but we require them to register,” Daliyong said.
To receive the kits, the beneficiaries are asked to take and signed their Pledge of Commitment that they shall provide updates on the performance of their business and to attend trainings related to their business which the agency will spearhead.
Said trainings include simple bookkeeping and pricing and costing, and if qualified in getting a license from the Food and Development Authority (FDA), they will also undergo seminars on proper labeling and packaging until their products are ensured of their marketability.
To ensure its proper implementation, Daliyong said that DTI-Kalinga will monitor the progress of the business of beneficiaries.
Qualified beneficiaries according to Daliyong will also be assisted in the development of their packaging, labeling through another program of DTI, and if again they qualified, they will be receiving initial labor and packaging materials as additional benefits.
Meantime, in a statement, DTI Provincial Renie Ramos said that even if the assistance is not a loan scheme and free from any obligation for the beneficiaries to pay, they should take good care of the assistance provided to grow their enterprises and generate income.
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