Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DTI to open 25th SSF,
for romblon in B-Unido

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 25 (PIA)–-The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) opens up Bohol’s 25th shared service facility (SSF) as a production hub for romblon (pandanus) and its diversification program, this September 2 in Bien Unido.

Pushed as a strategic development initiative of the government through the DTI, the setting up of the SSF, or the common service facility as production centers, opens up a venue for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) "some access to better technology and more sophisticated equipment to accelerate their bid for competitiveness," explains DTI regional Director Asteria Caberte.

The new facility would enhance mat weaving, and is hoped to lend another edge for the local weavers now using romblon to prop up family incomes and bring inclusive growth to the grassroots.

The SSF is a major component of the Big Push for the country’s SME development program as this is aimed at addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the processing sector.

This is done by "providing appropriate manufacturing tools, equipment and technologies for the common use of MSMEs of similar cluster or sector," continued DTI Bohol officer in charge provincial director Maria Soledad Balistoy.

"For the Romblon Diversification Program in Bien Unido, we have identified the Bien Unido Weavers Association (BUWAS) as the cooperator to manage the new facility," Balistoy, who took over then provincial director Maria Elena Arbon, added.

Balistoy also hinted, that with the opening up of the common facility which every romblon weaver can use, additional processing machines and equipment would soon be formally turned over to BUWAS.

Caberte, in a message during the opening of the regional products trade expo in July told exhibitors in the annual trade products showcase that the SSF should enable MSMEs to leapfrog several steps in the product development and production stages.

DTI hopes the facility can help improve the marketability and competitiveness of the romblon-based products in northeastern Bohol, she said.

A similar facility has been granted to another romblon weavers’ network in Cabilao island in Loon town, over a year ago.

In July too, DTI regional office reports 94 SSFs already up in the region, the Bien Unido facility came after two SSFS were turned over to cooperators in Untaga Alicia and in Ubay last month.

By October, another SSF is set to open in Tubigon, the 26th, sources at the DTI revealed.

It may be recalled that in July too, during the One DTI service fair billed as Konsumer, Negosyo at Iba Pa, two Bohol SSFs bagged accolades as the region’s best performing SSFs.

Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, the cooperators for the modern handlooms SSF in Pinayagan Tubigon and Bohol fabrication laboratory, the first in the country located at Bohol Island State University in Tagbilaran picked recognitions as best social enterprise and fablab, for trailblazing technical prototyping platforms.

This Friday, DTI expects the presence of RD Caberte, Governor Edgar Chatto, Congressman Aristotle Aumentado, DTI BOhol OIC Maria Soledad Balistoy, Board Member Nino Rey Boniel, Mayor Gisela Boniel, Bien Unido local officials as well as Marina Boniel, BUWAS president who will accept the facility for the cooperators. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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