Members of the Sto Domingo Tribal Workers Association listen attentively as the supplier demonstrates how to operate their newly acquired compound miter saw, part of the SSF equipment package from DTI.

July 11, 2019, Sto Domingo, Cabaroroguis, Quirino – The Sto Domingo Tribal Workers Association, cooperators of the 2018 approved Shared Service Facility (SSF) project for Furniture Making recently received their equipment from the Department of Trade and Industry Region 02. The package of equipment worth 381,250.00 pesos consist of heavy duty band saw, compound miter saw, table saw, portable planer, thickness planer, bench drill press, 2 air compressors with accessories, and, 2 electric portable jigsaws.

The Traditional Craft and Furniture Making SSF Project is an expansion of the facilities of the Sto Domingo Tribal Workers Association which aims to take full advantage of the presence of the numerous micro enterprises engaged in furniture making in the community. Ten MSMEs have been identified as direct beneficiaries with more than thirty jobs generated from amongst them. Almost all of them belong to the Ifugao tribe who have been wood carvers and furniture makers for most of their life.

The expansion project is expected to double their current production capacity as well as their sales and their market reach. Their current market base is within the Province of Quirino and the City of Tuguegarao. With the SSF, they intend to reach other markets in Region 02 and Metro Manila.♦

Date of release: 13 August 2019