Some 47 beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in this municipality are now trained on important practices for their catering and calamansi processing businesses.
The practices taught include food safety and the ways to handle customers properly.
The trainees who are members of the Sta. Josefa Sustainable Livelihood Association for Development thanked the Department of Trade and Industry and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office on their learnings. They said they now know how to make their business become competitive. They are reportedly more confident that the foods they prepare for sale are safe.
Through the SLP, the group was able to start a catering business. They serve local and national government offices in the area.
Their calamansi processing project will be started in early 2017.
The municipality of San Francisco was recognized anew as the most competitive municipality in the Caraga Region for the past four (4) runs of the Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index Ranking since 2013.
On top of this, LGU-San Francisco is also ranked 5th among 490 1st and second class municipalities nation-wide in the area of Government Efficiency. In terms of over-all ranking among the same income class of LGUs all over the country it is at number 29 or at the top 6%.
The awarding was made during the Recognition Ceremonies of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) -Caraga’s Negosyo, Konsumer, At Iba Pa or NKAtbp. The latter is a four-day event which showcased DTI’s programs and services, offered free learning sessions and acknowledged the agency’s partners in its projects.
Data bears the fact that LGU-San Francisco is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the region. Its number of business establishments grew by 32% from year 2011-2016. It experienced the highest growth in the number of establishments this year at 15%. It has also the highest amount of new investments of about Php 47,540,812.00 in the province in 2015 and the third in total gross sales of 2,833,661,930.52 for the same year.
LGU-San Francisco is the first LGU to host a Negosyo Center in the province of Agusan del Sur and the 2nd in the entire region
The Department of Trade Industry (DTI) formally launched the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso Program or P3, a micro financing program intended for small entrepreneurs, in Tacloban City in Leyte on January 25; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on January 27; and Alabel, Sarangani Province on January 31, to help eradicate poverty, and promote business and employment among Filipinos.
Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to replace the “5-6” money lending system and provide an affordable micro-financing for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the P3 funding program provides microenterprises an alternative source of financing that is easy to access and made available at a reasonable cost.
“The P3 program is one way of helping the underprivileged by giving better chances to elevate from poverty. Aside from the fund, the DTI thru the Negosyo Centers will assist the MSMEs with programs suitable to their needs such as access to market, access to financing, and mentorship,” DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.
The identified areas are considered among the 30 poorest provinces poorest in the country.
A total of 92 micro borrowers where initially identified to receive loan grants ranging from P5,000.00 to P100,000.00.
Sec. Lopez also reiterated the administration’s desire to provide livelihood to those who are at the bottom of the pyramid.
“Why micro entrepreneurs? The desire and mandate of our president is to help those who do not have much. If they fail to be employed, we help them to start a small business,” he said.
The primary beneficiaries of the P3 Program are microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not have easy access to credit or accessing credit at a very high interest cost. These include market vendors, agri-businessmen and members of cooperatives, industry associations and co-operators.
The Small Business Corporation, an attached agency DTI shall administer the P3 Program. Aside from creating a Program Management Office to oversee the management and monitoring of the P3 Fund, SB Corporation will make use of its lending network and the DTI Negosyo Centers in reaching out to P3 beneficiaries.
Loan amounts to end-borrowers will be in the range of P5,000 to P100,000, at a maximum interest rate of 2.5% per month, with no collateral requirement.
DTI-PDI conducted a special price monitoring on January 8, 2017, a day after the landfall of Tropical Depression (TD) Auring in the Province of Dinagat Islands where the province was among those placed under Public Storm Signal No. 1.
The monitoring activity is in line with the agency’s mandate of ensuring the supply of basic necessities and prime commodities in calamity/disaster affected areas as well as ensuring stable price levels during such events.
Aside from monitoring, and when the situation warrants it, a Diskwento Caravan may also be conducted by DTI where basic necessities and prime commodities are made available to affected areas at discounted prices.
As per DTI assessment, the prices and supply of basic necessities and prime commodities were fairly stable before and after the occurence of TD Auring. Sea transports to and from the province were also able to resume their respective schedules immediately after the inclement weather has passed.
Price monitoring and Diskwento Caravan is DTI’s way of contributing to multi-agency efforts on relief and recovery after every calamity/disaster.