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DTI grants PHP2.4-M in bottom-up-budgeting projects in Silay City



The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released on Wednesday PHP2.4 million worth of assistance for the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) projects of entrepreneurs, farmers, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Silay City, Negros Occidental.

DTI-Negros Occidental personnel led by Provincial Director Lea Gonzales turned over the check to city officials headed by Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez in rites held at the northern Negros city.

Rachel Nufable, senior trade and industry development specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental, said the fund, part of the agency's 2016 BUB program, would help the recipients pursue business enterprises and livelihood projects.

A total of PHP1 million will go to the metal craft development project of members of the city’s Pedicab and Tricycle Drivers Association.

The PHP700,000 is intended for capacity development, particularly craft and furniture making for about 50 resident-PWDs while the remaining PHP700,000 will fund the value-adding and skills development training and marketing promotion of organic farmers and processors.

“These projects are seen to develop business enterprises in Silay City as well as help marginalized residents by creating more livelihood opportunities for them,” Nufable said, adding that aside from equipping local entrepreneurs, these interventions would also boost industry clusters of the province.

The craft and furniture making among PWDs will promote the use of bamboo, which is one of the province’s current priority sectors.

The value-adding and skills development training for organic producers, meanwhile, will further boost the organic industry which is also a priority of Silay.

DTI-Negros Occidental urged recipients to efficiently utilize the assistance in sustaining their livelihood and take advantage of the program as an opportunity to develop even small enterprises in the community.

“We are also asking the city government to sustain the efforts of the agency by implementing more complementing projects aimed at promoting strong and competitive local micro, small and medium enterprises,” Nufable said.

Under the BUB, civil society organizations are the ones identifying the projects needed by the community. The Local Productivity Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) of every LGU then reviews the project proposal to be endorsed and facilitated for funding by the DTI.

Erwin P. Nicavera/PNA  

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