CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provided P3.7 million worth of Shared-Service Facilities (SSF) to eight cooperatives in this province.
At the turn-over ceremony in this city on Friday, DTI-Central Central Regional Director Judith Angeles said this was the first grant of SSFs in the region this year.
“Livestock dairy, vegetable and farming and the makers of handicrafts are among the particular sectors that grant Shared-Service Facilities (SSF),” Angeles said.
Green Earth Heritage Foundation had the largest recipient of SSF that provides a livelihood to charcoal maker residents of San Miguel. Up to P1.2 million worth of SSFs has been provided to them. It has helped boost production of its members’ organic vegetables and fruits.
As a result, illegal logging has been reduced in the Sierra Madre Mountains, which is part of San Miguel, as the charcoal makers had other livelihoods.
“Mangugulay” belonging to the Umpucan Palay & Vegetable Farmers Producers Cooperative (UPVFPC) received P680 thousand worth of SSF. According to Ricardo G. Cruz, president, although their cooperatives were formed to center their vegetable and Palay crops, the SSF has opened up another opportunity to re-enter the care of the pigs.
“It aims to have a certainty of income and livelihood whenever the yield is low or the vegetable market is not very high,” Cruz added.
About P460 thousand worth of SSFs were received by the Santa Maria Economic Cooperation (KPSM) and the San Jose Del Monte Savings and Credit Cooperative (SJDMSC).
According to Ivy De Leon, president of the KPSM, the SSF will be used in their ‘Care Project’ were members of this cooperative are simultaneously raising pigs and chickens.
When the time came for the slaughter to take place, KPSM will take it and turn it into processed meat. KPSM prefers that in addition to selling fresh meat, it can process it to increase or increase market value.
In the SJDMSC, the provided SSF will be used at the expense of their cows. They have 20 cows now celebrating their 32nd anniversary.
As for the handicrafts sector, DTI has donated P400 thousand worth of SSF to the Gift, Housewares and Decors (GHD) Producers Association of Bulacan Inc. known for producing high-quality household goods and other gift baskets.
GHD recently participated in the Philippine Pavilion Arts and Craft-Edmonton Heritage Festival in Canada, to offer their high-quality products to the market in the country and to North America. Their factory is located in the Barangay Caingin in the city of Malolos.
The Damascus Foundation located in the town of Dona Remedios Trinidad received P100 thousand worth of SSF. Parents of teenagers who had previously strayed from illegal drugs were mostly the members of this foundation.
According to its president Robert Tiangco, even the very young people who ended up undergoing rehabilitation, in connection with addiction to the drug, were also sewing bags.
“The bags brought to Manila and other major department stores where it is branded as Parisian. Bags sewn by members of the Damascus Foundation are also exported in Australia, Tiangco said.
Even those who make rags also get P133 thousand worth of SSF. According to Milagros C. Villafuerte, president of the San Ildefonso Doormat Manufacturer, this SSF can greatly help boost their production.
“Market demand has grown so much that he has not been able to cope. In fact, they produce 6,000 pieces of doormat daily. But if production is boosted, more production will be done and sales will increase,” Villafuerte said.
While the Ligas Cooperative of the Town for Development (LKBP) Inc., located in Barangay Ligas in the City of Malolos, received P350 thousand SSF worth. It will be used in various micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) supported by the cooperative.
Meanwhile, Zorina Aldana, provincial director of DTI-Bulacan, emphasized that although it is called the SSF, or Shared-Service, he said the agency was fully committed to the said cooperative. It aims to permanently boost the production of MSMEs supported by their cooperatives.
Because of the SSF system, DTI only lends it to specific MSMEs or cooperatives. If it succeeds because of SSF, it will be permanently granted by DTI.
“SSF is a core component of many DTI programs for MSMEs that provide a wide variety of particle and tool components needed in a business, to aid production and further enhance quality,” Aldana said. (RONDA Balita Online News)