DAGUPAN CITY, Aug 6 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has distributed livelihood starter kits to some 88 beneficiaries in Pangasinan to help provide livelihood for micro to small enterprises affected by the economic crisis.
Provincial Director Natalia Dalaten of DTI-Pangasinan said the turnover of negosyo kits are part of DTI's "Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa" and "Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay" programs to encourage village folks to invest in micro to small business within their vicinity.
The beneficiaries received P8,000 worth of livelihood starter kits of sari-sari store package, bigasan package, food carts and salon kits in separate turn-over ceremonies.
" Ang mga pang kabuhayan packages at livelihood starter kits ay naglalayong makatulong na makapag simula ng negosyo or mag expand, ang ating mga kababayan na naapektuhan ng pandemic," Dalaten said.
DTI has turned-over the livelihood packages to recipients in the cities of Alaminos with 15 beneficiaries and Dagupan with 25. The towns of Calasiao (16), San Fabian (17) and Laoac ( 15) have also received their shares, Dalaten told the Philippine Information Agency.
Next schedule for distribution will be in the towns of Sta Barbara and Malasiqui with 22 and 12 recipients, respectively.
Dalaten said DTI has two mandates -business development and consumer protection, thus the need for balance and constant teaching of entrepreneurship consumer advocacy in various training sessions.
"Sa business development gusto nating matulungang umunlad ang mga negosyo particularly yung mga maliit na negosyo at ang pangalawa ay protektahan ang mga consumers. Kailangan maging balance tayo na kailangan i-consider ang mga negosyante natin na mayroong responsibilidad at ang consumer naman ay mayroon din karapatan na dapat nating balansihin," she explained.
Dalton said the department is hopeful that with dedication and perseverance of the beneficiaries, the small businesses will expand and a second or third phase of distribution can be granted. (JCR/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)