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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Over P.4M starter business kit awarded to 67 agri-preneurs in Kalinga

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Sixty-seven entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the province could now start their chosen agri-business ventures with the provision of P469,000 worth livelihood starter kits by the Department of Trade and Industry-Kalinga through their Negosyo sa Barangay Livelihood Seeding Program.

Said starter kits were given on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, to the fifty beneficiaries from Tabuk, 5 from Balbalan, 2 from Tinglayan, 3 from Lubuagan, 5 from Pinukpuk and 2 from Rizal were determined based on the business ventures they are to put up.

Each kit amounting to P7,000 include 1 set of heavy-duty cast-iron stove gas, 1 set of fabricated fried chicken glass display, 1 refilled liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank, 1 wok, 2 big stainless tongs, and 2 stainless strainers with handle, among others.

Based on data provided by DTI-Kalinga, the beneficiaries plan to venture into various projects such as processed food business, services, processing of banana products and wine, sale of wearable and home styles, processed fruits and processing of nut products.

DTI-Kalinga Provincial Director Renie Ramos in a message told the recipients that the livelihood kits granted are not “ayuda” and should be used according to its purpose, which is to assist them in their economic activities.

He then advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the equipment, utilize them to make their business grow and flourish as the agency will be monitoring and evaluating their progress.

In an interview, Senior Trade and Development Specialist Josephine Daliyong supported the statement of Ramos, adding that those who would be successful in utilizing their kits as intended will be receiving additional assistance from their office.

“Pauna lang dayta tapos nu agseryoso da, diay in-present ko tattay a programs, mabalin da nga i-avail,” Daliyong said referring to the services they are offering which include capacity-building and skills and entrepreneurial trainings, product development, financing facilitation, marketing facilitation and business registration.

“Adda gamin ti monitoring part na, so nu agmonitor kami ket mapansin mi a talaga a napintas, ibirukan mi iti [assistance] a mabalin a maited pay,” she added.

Meantime, as explained by Daliyong, the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay aims of bringing government services closer to small businesses, promote entrepreneurship in barrios and villages and boost assistance to micro-enterprises to grow and flourish.

With these objectives, DTI, through the program, hopes to develop Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) create jobs and conduct business development and services.

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