DTI lines up programs for COVID-affected businesses

BALANGA CITY, Bataan-- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assured support to businesses in Bataan severely affected by community quarantine restrictions due to coronavirus disease health crisis.

In a radio interview, DTI Provincial Director Nelin Cabahug pitched programs lined up such as the Small and Medium Enterprises Roving Academy (SMERA), Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) and Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB).

Cabahug said in partnership with the city government of Bataan, they were able to start last Monday the online SMERA.

“We want to continue capacitating our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid the health crisis so we are conducting this online seminars or webinars, which are already scheduled and are of various topics,” Cabahug shared.

She added that the KMME will also be conducted virtually this year as face-to-face gatherings are strictly discouraged during the community quarantine period.

“More than that, I would also like to announce that NSB will continue to roll-out in the province. We started it last year, wherein we are focused on the 4th to 6th class municipality, and incidentally, Samal was the only town qualified for the program as a 4th class municipality,” she added.

For this year, Cabahug said they expanded their coverage for the program, and 16 poor barangays in different towns in Bataan were already chosen for this year.

“We will develop five entrepreneurs for each barangay or a total of 80 beneficiaries, and we will help them scale-up their business by providing them starter kits or tools,” she said.

Moreover, DTI has been actively showcasing local products and generating sales for MSMEs through pre-orders in partnership with Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion.