By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, June 25 (PIA) — The rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marawi did not hinder the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to continue delivering shared service facilities (SSF) to cooperatives in the city and Lanao del Sur.
DTI Lanao del Norte provincial director Ruel B. Paclipan said the provision of SSF aims to help them get back on their feet after the Marawi siege and to boost the productivity of the cooperatives in their enterprises and businesses.
He expressed appreciation to the SSF beneficiaries for exerting efforts in utilizing the equipment for their development.
“We thank the cooperators, associations and cooperatives because they are willing to apply the guidelines and become our cooperators. Based on the monitoring report, SSF has helped them,” said Paclipan in Bisaya language.
Kimal Salacop Jr. of Desenting Serbisyo para sa Magsasaka Agriculture Cooperative thanked the agency for the ice cream equipment provided to them.
Salacop said that it will help them easily facilitate the production of Ammara durian ice cream.
“I’m so happy sa DTI at TFBM, yung mga ahensiya ng gobyerno na tumulong talaga dito [to the agencies who helped]. Sa DTI, nag-encourage sila sa mga Maranao na [DTI encouraged Maranaos to] you have to strive hard in these hard times kasi dati siege, ngayon may pandemic,” said Salacop.
DTI has also turn-ed over SSF for the plant tissue laboratory which will be established in the College of Agriculture of Mindanao State University-Main Campus.
To date, 38 out of 40 SSF has been turned over to various cooperatives and associations.
Some of the SSF beneficiaries engage in abaca fiber production, bakery, hollow block production, palapa production, among others.
DTI is the lead agency of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood of Task Force Bangon Marawi. (LELA/PIA ICIC)