Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga, through Regional Director (RD) Gay A. Tidalgo, expressed its commitment to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that have been heavily affected by Typhoon Odette in this municipality.

After its landfall in the province on 16 December 2021, Odette swiped off establishments, affecting 285 businesses in the municipality.

“We are truly disheartened with what has happened and we cannot imagine how you manage to live by this reality that Odette has left,” said Tidalgo during the municipality’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (RRP) Conference that was attended by 45 potential funding agencies last 19 January 2022.

Tidalgo assured that these MSMEs will be assisted through the Department’s livelihood seeding programs that will provide starter kits to “help MSMEs recover from their loss.”

RD Gay A. Tidalgo at Odette-hit San Francisco during the Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (RRP) Conference
RD Gay Tidalgo discusses how DTI Caraga can help achieve the aims of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte last January 19.

“We have so far profiled 200 MSMEs in San Francisco that will soon be provided with livelihood kits amounting to P8,000 each and we promise to soon profile the remaining 85 so that they may be assisted too,” RD Tidalgo said.

Tidalgo also added that a special no-interest loan window under the Department’s financing arm Small Business Corporation (SB Corp), will soon be opened to cater to the MSMEs and other agricultural and tourism-based businesses.

To help in rebuilding the residents houses, DTI Caraga will also soon launch a Diskwento Caravan that will sell construction materials in a cheaper price.

“We would want to commend the municipality of San Francisco for being the first municipality in the region to come up with this very comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan after typhoon Odette hit,” Tidalgo said, adding that the plan will help the municipality rise again as it taps on the programs of different government agencies.

Said RRP aimed to address the social economic impacts of the typhoon especially on agriculture, livestock and poultry, fisheries, trade and commerce, association and cooperatives, tourism, and price control.

“It is my strong desire to immediately restore the situation of the municipality back to its normal situation because watching the sufferings and hardships of my constituents every day is a burden in my heart; I am thankful to all of our national government agencies who expressed their commitment to realize the indicative projects of this plan,” said Municipal Mayor Val Pinat.

Pinat added that as of press time, 4,019 families in the municipality have lost their homes and properties, and are still sheltered in the evacuation centers, relying mainly on food ration.

The Recovery and Rehabilitation plan of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte aims to address socio-economic impacts of Typhoon Odette, including trade and commerce and price control.
The Recovery and Rehabilitation plan of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte aims to address socio-economic impacts of Typhoon Odette, including trade and commerce and price control.  

“Thousands of individuals in the municipality are jobless and have lost their main economic source of income. This is the reason why we crafted a systematic, organized, and proactive RRP that will primarily outline the rebuilding of homes and communities and reviving the livelihood of the people,” Pinat said.

Aside from DTI, agencies that also expressed their commitments during the conference include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), among others. ♦

Date of Release: 24 January 2022