The Department of Trade and Industry Region (DTI) through has awarded Negosyo Starter Kits to 20 identified beneficiaries as part of the agency’s Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program.
Each of the beneficiaries received Php10,000 worth of Negosyo Starter Kit that varies from sari-sari store, bigasan (rice retail), frozen foods and tools and equipment for food processing during the awarding program last June 29 at the Bauang, La Union Municipal Hall. The program was led by Regional Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan, Provincial Director Merlie Membrere and Bauang Mayor Menchie De Guzman.
DTI’s PBG programs aims to provide support to individuals and micro-enterprises affected by man-made and natural calamities, including the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19).
Norma Libatique, 65 years old, received the Bigasan Negosyo starter kit. She emotionally recalled how it has been hard for their family to earn a living during this crisis time. She used to work as a manicure/pedicure technician.
“Ngayong panahon ng pandemya, kung saan stay at home tayong lahat, napakaganda itong pagkakataon na nabigyan kami ng negosyo ng DTI. Maraming salamat po.” Norma added.
Prior to the awarding of business starter kits, a training on financial literacy and entrepreneurship was provided to the beneficiaries to further capacitate them in their new endeavors.
RD Baluyan encouraged the recipients to make the most of what they received to help others as well. "We will be happier if you make your businesses successful. We want you to grow not only for yourself and family but for the community too." she added.
Mayor De Guzman thanked DTI for the continuous programs and support that their town has been receiving. “As we continue to fight our unseen enemy (COVID-19), we know that DTI will be here to help us.” she added.