DTI grants aid to typhoon-hit microenterprises in NegOcc

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Microentrepreneurs in some 13 local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental affected by Typhoon Odette last December have received livelihood assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Engiemar Tupas, head of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Unit of DTI-Negros Occidental, said on Wednesday the assistance is granted under the agency’s Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) program.

On Tuesday, Tupas, together with San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo, led the turnover of assistance for 43 beneficiaries in the northern city and eight others from the neighboring Calatrava town during the activity held at the city auditorium.

Each beneficiary received PHP8,000 worth of livelihood vouchers that will be used for the purchase of supplies to help them recover.

Gustilo thanked the DTI for the assistance and told beneficiaries to secure business permits and pay taxes to the city government for the implementation of various local projects.

Tupas echoed the mayor’s call for microenterprises to register and obtain permits to legitimize their businesses.

Also among the beneficiaries were 167 microentrepreneurs in Sipalay City, among the worst-hit by Typhoon Odette, who received their livelihood vouchers last month.

Other recipients included those from the cities of Kabankalan, Himamaylan, La Carlota as well as from the municipalities of Hinoba-an, Cauayan, Binalbagan, La Castellana, Pontevedra, San Enrique, and Moises Padilla.

The PPG is a livelihood seeding and entrepreneurship development program intended to support micro-enterprises affected by fire incidents, other calamities, and health pandemics.

In identifying the beneficiaries, the DTI obtains the master list of affected businesses from concerned LGUs and other competent authorities and validates the list, and profiles the beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries receive livelihood kits or packages which may be in the form of entrepreneurial training, actual goods, and gifts pass upon submission of requirements, including a duly accomplished simplified action plan and signed pledge of commitment.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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