DTI, DSWD pool resources to alleviate poverty in Region 12

April 18, 2013 10:19 pm 

COTABATO CITY, April 18 — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Mindanao has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to make beneficiaries of the government's poverty alleviation become more productive.

"Let’s teach them how to start their own business," Director Ibrahim Guiamadel, DTI-12 regional director, said of the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) being implemented by the DSWD.

Guiamadel said his regional office and the four provincial offices in the region is optimistic on DSWD’s call for synchronization of efforts that will focus on developing micro enterprises managed by Pantawid Pamilya entrepreneurs.

“DTI will work on enhancing the knowledge of DSWD’s project development officers (PDO’s) particularly on product and business development by organizing them as pool of trainers,” Guiamadel said in a statement.

Guiamadel said if the 4Ps beneficiaries are not trained on self-sufficiency and self reliance, they will remain poor.

If they are trained to start their own business, they still have sources of income even if the poverty alleviation program of the government ends.

He added that DTI will share ideas on product packaging, labeling and processes involved in availing a Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) certification for food products.

Gemma Rivera, DSWD-12 assistant regional director, lauded the efforts of DTI and vowed to extend full support.

She said DSWD has already identified priority areas that included the municipalities of Maasim and Malapatan in Sarangani Province which, agreed by both agencies, will serve as a pilot area for future entrpreneurial endeavor.

"We have more or less 5,000 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Maasim and Malapatan. We have a database of existing businesses managed by our Pantawid families which we can classify according to their business or according to their location to be given technical training and capability building in developing their own small businesses," Rivera said.

Guiamadel, on the other hand, committed to be involved in the ongoing Community Driven Enterprise Development Trainings of DSWD by providing input on the processes involved in business registration.

“We will teach them to be legitimate business enterpreneurs for their future successes. We may not know what will become of them two to three years from now when their business prosper. Some of them may become suppliers of raw materials or any profit-generating resources,” Rivera said.

Guiamadel also thanked DSWD 12 for reaching them and tapping their agency to help poor families become self-reliant.

“We are positive that out of this initial partnership, we can impart more ideas to poor families and subsequently helping them become productive through identifying potential business ideas using available resources in their area,” Guiamadel said.

A memorandum of understanding is being crafted between DTI 12 and DSWD 12 which will be formally signed soon along with other agencies that focus on improving the economic condition of poor families in the region.

Region 12 or Central Mindanao region is composed of the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and South Cotabato, including the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and Gen. Santos. (PNA)

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