BANGUED, Abra, Sept. 30(PIA)–The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continues to support small and medium-sized enterprises bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Now on its third quarter implementation of the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program, DTI Abra led by Provincial Director Samuel D Gallardo and its partner agencies recently awarded livelihood kits worth P10, 000 each to 50 qualified Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) beneficiaries from the municipalities of Bangued, Tubo, Danglas, Lagayan, Licuan-Baay, Malibcong, Pidigan, Langiden, San Quintin, Penarrubia, Pilar, San Isidro, Tineg and San Juan.
To help support the recovery and continuity of their affected businesses, the MSMEs were given livelihood kits according to their respective business ventures.
Sari-sari store owners received grocery items while those engaged in processing and service-eatery enterprises were given glutinous rice, sugar, star margarine, cheese, condensed milk, aluminum foil, flour, eggs, plastic tables, plastic chairs, cauldrons, big bowls, ladles, knives, chopping boards, meat grinder, weighing scale and aprons. Those in the agri-business, were given feeds, anti-biotics, vitamins and other supplements.
Erwin Abat Balladeng, a single parent from Padangitan, Danglas, was forced to close his sari-sari store for two months due to the pandemic, is so thankful for this government assistance.
“I am very happy because with this, I could open my store again. Thank you for this support. This is a big help for my family especially in these tryingtimes” he said.
Gallardo explained that the program aims to support small businesses who are struggling to survive due to crisis as he inspired the beneficiaries to work hard and help themselves so that someday they could also help others especially those in need. He also thanked their partners from the national agencies and the local government units for their support in implementing the program. (JDP/XADC/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)