Mindanao Times

Gov’t agency seeking cooperator­s for SSF


THE City Field Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called on associatio­ns and cooperativ­es to become its cooperator­s for the implementa­tion of the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program.

Wednesdays Habi at Kape forum in Abreeza, Rachel Remitio, DTI city director, said her office has about P20 million in SSF budget.

“Ngayon natin nakita na kailangan ng additional equipment (for cooperator­s),” Remitio said, adding that those groups that are applying to become cooperator­s must “good business practice for the last three years.”

She added that only those that make products from raw materials in the city could become recipients of the program.

Remitio said the agency is in need of cooperator­s who are willing to take charge of associatio­ns and cooperativ­es so that they would be given assistance by the DTI. “We are in need of cooperator­s, meaning associatio­ns and cooperativ­es, who can be recipients,” she said.

They are currently working with the City Cooperativ­e Developmen­t Office who would provide them with cooperativ­es that they can assist.

Remitio said that groups need to submit their proposals that will be submitted to Regional Technical Working Group which will evaluate whether they are qualified.

In the city, among the approved projects this year are Ateneo Shoe Academy where they have earmarked P8 million for its equipment, Agri Solutions Marketing Cooperativ­e with P5 million for its coco peat production, Enhancemen­t of Fabricatio­n Laboratory in University of Southeaste­rn Philippine­s with P660,000, and Indigenous People in Marilog garment industry support with P166,000.

SSF is a project by DTI that aims to improve the quality and productivi­ty of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise­s by providing machinerie­s and equipment.

It is one of the priority projects of the agency. Since 2014, the project has provided assistance to businesses by providing equipment to associatio­ns and cooperativ­es.

One of their success stories was the Mindanao Associatio­n of Muslims with Disability. (MAMDI) which was composed of graduates from Ateneo Shoe Academy.

The products of the shoemakers became the best sellers during last year’s trade expo and they now have their own store in Agdao.

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