DTI-Davao gets P5M more for Oplan Pablo

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


THE regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region will be receiving some P5 million from the Department of Budget and Management for Oplan Pablo, a DTI-initiated program to accelerate building of livelihood opportunities in Typhoon Pablo-hit areas.

DTI regional officer-in-charge Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi, in an interview at the sidelines of DTI-Davao's civil society organization and stakeholders consultation at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites Tuesday, said the budget will be allocated to improve the identified livelihood programs for typhoon victims.

"This is still part of the rehabilitation program for the typhoon victims and also we hope that through the program, we will be able to increase the number of people working," she said.

Ambi said that the budget has already been released to the provincial offices of DTI 11 in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

In 2013, DTI allotted P2 million for Oplan Pablo.

"Last year, only P2 million was allocated because we were not able to pass a proposal on time for the special allocation budget for Pablo struck areas," Ambi said.

Despite the meager budget, a total of 1,243 jobs were generated, 91 small-medium enterprises were assisted, 2,049 farmers were trained, and generated a total sales of some P6.269 million. Also a total of 47 trainings and seminars were held for product and productivity development and entrepreneurship development.

Livelihood projects were focused on bamboo craft, stone sculpture, coco debris, driftwood furniture and furnishings, and hot chili production and processing.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 20, 2014.

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