DTI Cebu sets up help desks in Yolanda-hit areas

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


TO STEP up the rehabilitation and recovery efforts for the industry, trade and services sector in the Yolanda-affected areas in northern Cebu, DTI Cebu Province set up the Business Assistance Centers (BAC) in the city of Bogo and Daanbantayan town last June 10.

The BACs will function as the “little DTI” operating within the locality and will implement DTI’s flagship projects and basic functions in the area.

The centers will primarily function as DTI-Cebu’s contact point or administrative extension in the different local government units that were affected by typhoon Yolanda.

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The BACs were tasked to help deliver and facilitate the necessary and immediate support services related to rehabilitation and recovery efforts for the Industry, Trade, Services (ITS) sector.

As a satellite office, they will also aid in building and enhancing linkages with the LGUs and conduct consultations to facilitate the needs of the business sector.

BAC staff member Janeth P. Verallo is based in Bogo City and will cover the areas of Bogo, Medellin and San Remigio.

Assigned in Daanbantayan is June Ilyn C. Terado and will cover the town of Daanbantayan, including Malapascua Island.

The programs and services that will be coordinated by the BAC are Bottom-Up Budgeting, Shared Services Facilities, streamlining of business permits and licensing system, industry clustering and value chain mapping, green growth and disaster resilience, building local competitiveness and investment promotions.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez, Jr. and Daanbantayan Municipal Mayor Augusto Corro are optimistic that the project will help business owners who were affected by Yolanda.

The mayors said they appreciate the advantages of having BACs in the north. Instead of having the business owners travel to Cebu City to transact with DTI, it’s the DTI that approached them, the mayors said.

Also underway is the establishment of BACs in the municipalities of Sta. Fe and Sogod.

Immediately after the centers are set up, the BAC personnel will make an updated profile of the LGU and identify raw materials indigenous in the locality that can be used for skills training and livelihood development.

For more information on the Business Assistance Centers, interested parties may call the DTI Cebu Provincial Office at telephone numbers 255-6971 or 255-3926.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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