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DTI boosts support for MSMEs in Central Luzon

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon has made significant strides in supporting the growth and development of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.

Since 2013, the DTI has established 310 shared service facilities (SSFs) throughout Central Luzon, which have directly benefited more than 7,000 MSMEs.

The SSFs provide access to advanced technology and equipment, as well as training and knowledge-sharing opportunities, all with the aim of improving the productivity and efficiency of MSMEs.

The DTI’s goal for the SSF program is to change the mindset of MSMEs towards more efficient production methods and to help them adapt to the changing business environment. As a result of this program, 60,000 workers in the region have received assistance and seen improvements in their livelihoods.

Different types of MSMEs have benefitted from the SSF program including those in the bamboo crafts, coffee, dairy products, fashion accessories, and processed foods sectors.

The SSF program has been praised by local business owners, with one cooperative general manager stating, “We are grateful to the DTI for providing us with the computer embroidery SSF, it has greatly boosted our productivity.”