Ecija agencies work together for MSMEs

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Various government agencies in Nueva Ecija led by the Nueva Ecija Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development Council (MSMEDC) are working together in support of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the province.

During a recent regular meeting, MSMEDC members presented their successful programs in 2022.

The Provincial Agriculturist Office of Nueva Ecija reported that it assisted small farmers in market matching, trade fairs, awarding of the Malasakit Livelihood Program, and implementation of national programs such as Rural Enterprises for Agriculture and Fisheries, Young Farmer Challenge, and others.

The Department of Trade and Industry DTI and Department of Agrarian Reform DAR disclosed that they extended help on the areas of capacity development, product development, and support for business licensing; and a refresher course on basic bread making, digital marketing, peanut production, post-harvest management, and product assessment to 10 farmer cooperatives in the province, as well as assistance in business licensing, respectively.

The Department of Labor and Employment DOLE said a total of 66 individuals including the Killed in Action/Wounded in Action benefited from its livelihood program.

The agency also bared 1,647 beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students, and 810 from its AKAP cash assistance program last year.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority TESDA meanwhile shared that the agency has scholarship programs to help those looking for employment and would want to start a business, such as Training for Work Scholarship Program, Special Training for Employment Program, Private Education Student Financial Assistance, Rice Extension Services Program, and its free Technical Vocational Education and Training.

The National Impact Zone under the Philippine Carabao Center, on the other hand, reported that farmer cooperatives in the province were able to generate almost P30 million gross income in milk feeding, and 24 buffaloes were distributed in the municipality of Cuyapo.

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