DTI’s service launching benefits 9 coops-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
NINE local agriculture-based cooperatives and urban poor women associations were the first batch of beneficiaries of the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched in Zamboanga Peninsula.
The first launching was held on Tuesday at the Holy Rosary Family Center in Barangay Pasobolong, Zamboanga City.
The SSF is a banner project of DTI aimed to enhance the competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially those that fall under the agency's priority industry clusters, said DTI Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur.
Manzur said the SSFs, which are in the form of machineries, equipment and tools, are given to qualified co-operators, such as registered cooperatives, associations, and even local government units and the academe, for their use as long as they are used based on what was stipulated in the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between them and the agency.
Various equipment amounting to P3.171 million were turned over to the nine beneficiary-organizations during the launching of the SSF projects and MOA signing on Tuesday in Zamboanga City, said Manzur.
He said the SSFs are meant to address the common problem of MSMEs, which for lack of capital, cannot acquire by themselves the necessary machineries and equipment to increase their quality and productivity in production.
He said they target to implement 67 SSFs in the region this year.
A budget of P27 million has been allocated for the SSFs projects in Zamboanga Peninsula, he added. (Bong Garcia)