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THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched its “Shared Services Facilities (SSF) Project – Food Processing Facility” in Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in San Ramon.

DTI Assistant Regional Engr. Director Rolando Acuña and DTI Zamboanga City Provincial Director Ceferino Rubio led the recent launching of the P5-million project with Dr. Milabel Ho, WMSU president; and Councilman Mike Alavar.

DTI Assistant Regional Director Engr. Rolando Acuña, DTI ZC Provincial Director Ceferino Rubio, WMSU President Milabel Ho and Zamboanga City Councilor and Entrepreneur Mike Alavar.

SSF PROJECT-Food Processing Facility consists of 17 different equipment worth P5 million.

Acuña underscored that small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Development are the key in achieving inclusive growth and employment generation. He also hopes that with SSF, jobs will be created by the Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who will be maximizing the equipment and facility. “These employment opportunities will hopefully increase the current 63% jobs generated by MSMEs,” he said.

He further emphasized that bringing SSF to the MSMEs will now fill the technology gap which concerns mostly in production of any products. This gap, he added, centers on machine which is one of the seven “Ms” that is currently promoted by DTI for entrepreneurs to attend to if they want to sustain their chosen ventures.

Acuña even challenged the MSMEs and student-entrepreneurs who are the direct users and beneficiaries of the facility to come up with an operations manual, directory of suppliers, and quality market-driven products that can possibly be showcased come October 2019 Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) as as part of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Celebration and September 2020 Zamboanga Peninsula Exposition in Manila.

Ho thanked DTI, the Philippine Coconut Authority, Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Agriculture, and also the WMSU Research Unit for the successful completion and launching of the processing facility. WMSU is the co-operator of the project.

“The purpose of the SSF Project blends with the vision and mission of the University along with its function which center on instruction, research, extension and production. She also recognized the need for the MSMEs and student-entrepreneurs to enhance its competitiveness glocally as Zamboanga and the Philippines are now part of the ASEAN market,” she said.

Ho likewise thanked Alavar for his presence in the launching of the SSF Project, saying, “with his presence, gaps will also be filled concerning legislations that will strengthen the convergence and the implementation of the project.”

The SSF Project is the 140th project of DTI in Zamboanga Peninsula and DTI is set to turn over the equipment to WMSU after two years and take full ownership of these. (Rick Dalid, Zamboanga Post)


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