NABUNTURAN, Davao de Oro – The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here has recently completed its distribution of livelihood kits to the 300 targeted beneficiaries across Davao de Oro.
The initiative is part of Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG), which is under the Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP). The latter is a specialized program focused on the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA), as well as, those identified by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
As of July 14, a total of 10 barangays have been covered by the PPG program.
DTI-Davao de Oro provincial director lawyer Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque shared that the distributed livelihood kits are aimed to help the beneficiaries jumpstart their businesses.
“We want to see them become sustainable by operating their own business. With the livelihood kits we provided them with, we are optimistic that they can finally have a regular source of income that can sustain their families’ needs,” the provincial trade chief said.
Balleque explained that the beneficiaries were identified according to the recommendation of the barangay captains. These beneficiaries are usually the micro and small enterprises that are victims of calamities.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that apart from the livelihood kits, which are worth P5,000 each, the beneficiaries were also recipients of different training interventions and seminars, including those on entrepreneurial mind-setting, basic marketing, simple bookkeeping, and consumer education.
Entrepreneur Wilson Bernales Jumag from barangay Malinawon, Mawab expressed appreciation to DTI.
“Hinaot dili lang ni karon lang kundili hangtod sa hangtod ang ilang pagtabang kanato na mga gagmay nga negosyante (We hope that they will continue to help us, small entrepreneurs),” he said. “Kaning mga gagmay’ng hinabang, maghatag kanato og dugang na kalambuan sa atong panginabuhi (This little assistance will help us in improving our situation).”
His fellow beneficiaries shared similar sentiments with him, assuring DTI that the livelihood kits they received will be used for their businesses, not for their daily consumption.
With the completion of the livelihood kits distribution to its identified individual beneficiaries, the DTI-Davao de Oro provincial office is now preparing for the intended group beneficiaries.
“The office aims to continue this program and cover more beneficiaries to help them attain sustainability and business competitiveness,” Balleque noted.