by Larry T. Lopez / PIA
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A cooperative joins the list of 24 beneficiaries in the province that received equipment assistance under the Shared Services Facility (SSF) project of the Department Trade and Industry.
The Kalinga Tawid Development Cooperative (KTDC) is the latest recipient of dehydrator, band sealer, meat/bone cutter, grinder, chest freezer, chiller and fermentation jars costing P692,700.
DTI-Kalinga Director Grace Baluyan led the turnover of equipment.
KTDC is engaged in the processing of coffee, juice, malunggay and production of legumes and heirloom rice.
Under the SSF, DTI grants equipment aid to micro cooperators to help and promote organized small entrepreneurs in the countryside. The aid is awarded under a six-year conditional term.
If the recipient stops operation within the six-year period, DTI can take back the equipment and shall award the same to another proponent.
If the business grows and surpasses the six-year conditional period, DTI turns-over full ownership of the equipment to the cooperator.
The SSF was launched in the province in 2012 and had contributed largely in the growth and development of micro-processors.