ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has allocated P27.12 million for its support service facilities (SSF) project for implementation this year in Region 9 or Zamboanga region.
SSF is a flagship project of the DTI aimed at improving the quality and productivity of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by addressing the gaps or bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters through the provision of processing or manufacturing equipment, tools and machinery.
Targeted for implementation this year are 19 SSF projects, according to DTI regional director Nazrullah Manzur.
Manzur said that 11 of the 19 SSF projects are in Zamboanga City, five in Zamboanga del Sur, and one each in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Isabela City.
He added that the number of approved projects “may yet increase towards the end of the year,” citing the additional project proposals coming in from the field offices.
Among the approved SSF projects so far this year are the coco-coir processing equipment and bamboo processing facilities in Dumalinao and Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga del Sur, respectively, and abaca processing equipment, coco-based processing facilities, seaweed post-harvest facilities, mat, slippers, and bag making equipment, and bangus processing facilities for various industry clusters in Zamboanga City.
Manzur said they expect a bigger budget allocation for DTI’s SSF project to be implemented next year in the region. (MindaNews)