DTI earmarks P46 million for SSF projects in R9 for 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:15

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) allocates P46 million for shared service facility (SSF) projects for Region 9 this year, an increase of roughly 70% over the P27.12 million allocation in 2013, it was disclosed by Dr. Sitti Amina M. Jain, officer in-charge of the DTI Regional Office 9.

“With this bigger budget, we should be able to help more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region which are needful of government support in acquiring needed equipment, tools or machinery to improve their production,” Dr. Jain said.

“Let me clarify again though that SSFs are not given to individual persons or businesses but, as its name implies, are given to registered association of SMEs, farmer groups, etc. for their shared or common use,” Jain added.

“We are targeting big-ticket SSF projects this year, those that would have a bigger impact in jobs creation such as the proposed village-type rubber processing projects in Zamboanga del Norte. Through these, it is possible for our small rubber producers to produce more value added products like ribbed smoked sheets that fetch higher prices, especially when they, the farmers’ groups export the products themselves, by-passing middlemen”, Jain emphasized.

“This is just one of the many SSF projects we will prioritize for funding this year. In our selection criteria, poverty alleviation through jobs creation is paramount in view of this government’s commitment for inclusive growth. Walang iwanan as our Secretary succinctly puts it in his marching orders to us in the field,” Jain said.

“So far we have launched nine SSF projects in Zamboanga City last year while several more are to be established this year. The same is true in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and in Zamboanga Sibugay”, she revealed.

“Our work doesn’t stop there once the projects are established. We have to monitor and document the progress of each, making sure that they are used and that they deliver the benefits as planned,” Jain said.