DTI-9 releases over P21M for livelihood projects under BUB PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:17

By MICHAEL VINCENT D. CAJULAO

The Department of Trade and Industry-9 released over P21 million to nine local government units in the region for the establishment of different livelihood projects under this year’s Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) program, doubling its P10.5-M accomplishment last year.

Recent recipients of the assistance are the municipalities of Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga del Sur, and Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte during DTI-9 Year-end Assessment and Planning held last November 17-18.

DTI-9 Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain turned over the ceremonial checks worth P7.45-M to Mayor Leonilo Borinaga, Sr. of Ramon Magsaysay, and Mayor Norbideiri B. Edding of Sibuco.

The P21-M assistance was used to fund 12 livelihood projects proposed by the local governments intended at developing identified industries or businesses, either existing or start-up, with the ultimate goal of giving livelihood and providing jobs for locals.

Ramon Magsaysay received the biggest for this year as DTI approved three project proposals amounting to P7-M. The projects include oil refinery facility amounting to P3.4-M, establishment of a P3-M integrated Coco processing Facility worth, and lemon oil production project worth P600,000.00.

Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte followed with the approval of its Livelihood Skills Training/Rural Micro Enterprise Development Program worth P5,432,000.00. It aims to identify and create livelihood projects by lending start-up capital to identified beneficiaries numbering to 630 families. Dipolog City also proposed for the same project worth P3-M.

Other projects include that of Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur for equipment on production of coco wine, vinegar, sugar, and nata de coco amounting to P2.4-M; Aurora LGU received the budget needed for the training, marketing and product development of processed sweet kaong (P700,00.00).

Sergio Osmeña of Zamboanga del Norte received the P900,000.00 assistance for the establishment of its One Town-One Product (OTOP) Express Store, and another P600,000.00 for the establishment of Pancit Noodle Processing and Facility. Siayan LGU received half a million pesos for its pancit making equipment which will benefit five Women’s Association located in Barangays Guibo, Diongan, Datagan, Macasing, and Sayaw.

For Zamboanga Sibugay, the local government of Mabuhay received P500,000.00 worth of support in the form of Shared Service Facility, bringing the total funds released to P21,482,000.00. (MVC/DTI-9)