Tabuk City, Kalinga – Governor Ferdinand Tubban expressed his full support to the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kalinga, underlining their importance and contribution as the ‘backbone of the local and national economy.’
Tubban said the provincial government along with line agencies have been working together to gather resources to support the revitalization of the local economy. This he emphasized during the official launching of the Christmas Bonanza Fair of Chamber of Kalinga Producers Inc. (CKAPI) on December 13, 2021.
“Saan yu koma liplipatan a dakkel ti akem yu iti probinsiya. Dakayu nga MSMEs ti biag ti local nga ekonomiya tayo… dakayo dagiti saan a mapanpansin a trabahadores ti komunidad… mangit-ited ti makan ti kaadwan a pamilya babaen iti trabaho nga i-of-offer kasta met dagiti oportunidad a mailukat yo kadagiti awanan pagsapulan,” stressed the Governor in his message of support to MSMEs.
Citing fact data, he said, 99.5% of business establishments in the Philippines are MSMEs and these MSMEs employ 63% of the country’s workforce, adding that he doubts "if we can survive with our meager Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) allotment [alone].”
In support of MSMEs, the provincial government had been providing trainings, livelihood programs, better road networks for transportation of products, grants, and many other ways.
The downtrend of COVID-19 cases and the government’s vaccination program resulted in loosening up of restrictions, therefore allowing the gradual reopening of the local economy.
With the recent development, the governor thanked all frontliners as well as leaders for their effort in the fight against the dreaded virus, “helping our people to be prepared for normalization.”
Launching of CKAPI’s Christmas Bonanza Fair
Tubban was delighted to witness the opening of CKAPI’s Christmas Bonanza Fair this December 13 along the national road in Bulanao, Tabuk City. CKAPI’s initiative and partnership with DTI-Kalinga, he said, will go a long way in revitalizing the MSMEs.
According to the governor, the bonanza fair will let the community feel ‘better and more memorable Christmas.’
“Because it is not only the products you sell that make people happy but the chance for people to walk together, to have a small talk, and to socialize… feeling the joy of Christmas in the air,” explained Tubban.
The governor then encouraged everyone “to work together and work hard for a better today and for a brighter tomorrow not only for today but for the upcoming generation.”
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