DTI helps Aeta community revolutionize livelihood production

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas is now helping the Aeta community of Sitio Kinarigan, Barangay Duale, Limay, Bataan boost their agri-based food production as it delivered recently the Shared Service Facility (SSF) equipments to the community.

The equipments are expected to greatly help the Samahan Ng Mga Kababaihang Ayta sa Kinaragan (SKAK). Witnessing the delivery were DTI – Bataan officials, Aeta community Chieftain Danny Batac Salonga, SKAK President Marissa Salonga and other members of the SKAK.

Aeta member of SKAK Norma Castillo said she was overwhelmed with the equipment and the number of machines given to their group.

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"I now feel I'm more than an Aeta, now that we have new equipment," Castillo said.

The statement contained the mixed excitement and the sentiments of the Aetas of Sitio Kinarigan, who want change for themselves and for their community, change that meant progress and a chance to show that they can contribute to the local economy.

The new equipment delivered includes a mechanical slicer machine, Electric Fruit Slicer, Mechanical Ginger Grinding Machine, Automatic Fine Powder Packing Machine, Portable Oven, Juice Extractor, Chest Type Freezer, Bottle cap sealer, Deep Fryer. The assistance also includes training for the proper handling of the machineries, capability trainings.

These equipment are expected to improve the conditions and efficiency in the production of the Aetas in the locality and are projected to increase production by five times more than the current production capacity. The main source of livelihood in the locality (also known as the “bayan bayanan ng mga aetas”) is the production of fruits, root crops and other related crops.

The grant of equipment is part of the Shared Service Facility Project, a complementary project of the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Program (NICCEP) and a priority of DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, which is in line with the President’s call for inclusive growth.

The establishment of SSF is a strategy adopted to achieve the goal of the NICCEP, which is to improve the priority industry clusters’ competitiveness consequently affecting contribution to the national economy. Thru setting up of common service facilities or production centers, MSMEs will gain access to better technology and more sophisticated equipment thereby increasing their competitiveness.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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