To give due recognition to the best performing Shared Service Facilities (SSF) nationwide, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises (BSMED), organized the 2016 Best SSF Project of the Year.

The 2016 Best SSF Project of the Year was awarded to Dangdang-ay di Ibila Cooperative from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for excellently managing a coffee processing facility and was also awarded as the Best SSF Project for Northern Luzon.

Other awards for Best SSF Project for Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were went to Putsan Ceramics Manufacturers (Philippine Ceramics Arts and Crafts Center (PHILCERAMICS) Facilities Augmentation), Sto. Niño de Plaridel Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Pandan and Bariw Bag Making Shared Service Facility Project), and to San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SSF on Fiber Marketing Expansion), respectively.

The SSF Awards aims to recognize the efforts of SSF project partners and SSF cooperators for taking on the responsibilities of managing the SSF projects, utilizing their manpower and resources, nurturing the beneficiaries, and empowering the people in their communities.

On the other hand, DTI Region 3 bagged the first place as the Best Regional Audio Visual Presentation (AVP) while DTI Region VII placed second followed by DTI Region XI at third place.

The SSF Project is one of the DTI’s strategies to achieve inclusive growth and jobs generation.  Specifically, it is aimed at increasing the productivity and improving the competitiveness of the MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, accessories and other auxiliary items under a shared system.

Since its inception, the SSF project has already provided PHP1.081 billion worth of machinery and equipment for 2,099 established projects, provided 52,820 jobs and assisted 91,116 MSME beneficiaries nationwide.