DTI starts Livelihood Seeding Program to 100 MSME’s

Department of Trade and Industry Bulacan Provincial Office has started the implementation of the   Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) in Bulacan.

The DTI program started in some 100 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in eight barangays in Bulacan namely: Barangay Iba O’Este and PioCruzcosa in Calumpit, Barangay Longos in the City of Malolos, Barangay Binagbag in Angat, Barangay Bigte in Norzagaray, Barangay Malis in Guiguinto, Barangay Lambakin and Patubig in Marilao town.

According to Director-in-Charge  Ernani M. Dionisio, the said program allows a wider reach of business development assistance by bringing government services closer to the people through partnerships between relevant local government units and DTI officials. 

Through Barangay Development Councils (BDCs), the DTI shall help capacitate Barangay personnel to provide basic business advisory or information dissemination services to MSMEs in the locality.

Also, the DTI in partnership with the national government agencies, local government units, academe, non-government organizations, private sector, and through the Negosyo Centers promote ease of doing business and providing access to development services for MSMEs through Business Counselors in their area of responsibility.

MSME beneficiaries of the LSP-NSB Program include sole proprietors, cooperatives, or sectoral associations that are located in identified barangays, including those in Local Communist Armed Conflict (LCAC) affected areas and vulnerable communities such as the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), refugees or stateless persons also known as Persons of Concern (POCs). Priority assistance will be given to MSMEs affected by natural and human-induced calamities including health disasters arising from epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19.

MSMEs can avail of different services such as facilitation of business name registration, business advisory, business information and advocacy, and provision of livelihood kits for qualified MSMEs.

Before the said launching, the beneficiaries undergo assessment and capability building seminars to develop and strengthen their entrepreneurial competencies to become successful in restarting their enterprise.

“The provision of livelihood kits will follow after the preparatory activities. Individual kits amounting to P5,000- which contain items that will be provided to aid qualified affected MSMEs to restore and improve their businesses. The provincial office will assess the type or kind of kits that will be provided, but, willdepend on the needs of affected MSMEs.” Director Dionisio added.

DTI-Bulacan targets to finish launching and distribution by the end of July 2020 and target to distribute worth P5,000 of livelihood kits to 100 MSMEs in 20 barangays in Bulacan.

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