DTI capacitates SSF cooperators on project mgt. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:49

The Department of Trade and industry (DTI)conducted a project management training for the cooperators of its shared service facility (SSF) projects on April 22-23, 2014 in Zamboanga City.

“This is to ensure that the SSF projects will be properly managed and also to assure the sustainability of the projects’ operation,” Dr. SittiAmina Jain, DTI-9 Director said.

Dr. Jain elaborated that the SSF project is a major component of the trade department’s micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development program aimed at improving the competitiveness and productivity of the country’s MSME sector through the provision of machinery, tools, and equipment in a shared system.In Region 9, according to Dr. Jain, there are to date a total of 35 SSF projects that had been approved and 17 of these were already launched or turned over to the cooperators.

Qualified cooperators or project partners, Dr. Jain said, include small farmers associations, cooperatives, and foundations especially those belonging to the priority industry clusters in Region 9 such as seaweeds, coconut, rubber, abaca, mango, and fish and fish products. But other groups like women associations, local government units, and colleges and universities may also be considered as cooperators or project partners.

She added that DTI’s responsibility extends far beyond the acquisition and delivery of the requested SSF facility to the proponent. “Regular monitoring and evaluation of the project immediately sets in after the turning over of the equipment,” Dr. Jain said.

“It would be the height of irresponsibility on our part if we just leave the MSMEs to themselves and presume they know everything on project management. There may be some who have the needed skills or competencies. But as good stewards of limited government resources, we take it upon ourselves to ensure the project is managed and operated at the optimum. This is done through technical support, consultancy, and through capability building training such as this on project management”, Dr. Jain said.