DTI continues to assist MSMEs
February 15, 2016 11:45 pm
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb. 15 — The Department of Trade and Industry Region 1 continues to strengthen its campaign on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development by further bolstering Shared Service Facility (SSF) projects.
This, after five new SSF projects were recently turned over to respective cooperative groups and organizations in the province of La Union.
DTI Regional Director Florante Leal and Provincial Director Daria Mingaracal personally led the turnover of these facilities to different recipients.
The SSF program aims to improve the quality and productivity of microenterprises and SMEs by addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters through the provision of processing machines/equipment for the common use of the Microenterprises and SMEs within the industry clusters all over the country.
The chief beneficiary of DTI's SSF program is the pottery industry, which is one of the primary sources of livelihood of the majority of residents of Barangay Taboc, San Juan, La Union.
The craft locally known as “Damili”, the pottery industry is a reflection of the people's old rich tradition passed on to different generations.
Some of their products like "gangi" (stove) and pots have already reached Region 1, NCR and CAR markets.
To help boost their income and production, DTI, through the SSF, granted the upgrading of production facilities for pottery in the amount of P850,000 to be used for the procurement of electric mixers and potter’s wheels.
Five sets of these were strategically placed in different sitios to benefit more “mannamilis” (potters).
Taboc Mannamili Association president, Ernesto Padilla expressed his gratitude to DTI for granting them the project. He pondered how rigid the manual clay mixing process was.
With the help of the electric clay mixer and potter wheels, the manual clay mixing is usually done in 5 to 8 hours but with the electric mixer and potters' wheels, mixing time will be reduced to 30 minutes.
Thus, it will enable them to produce more pottery products thereby increasing their income too. (PNA)